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Friday, November 6, 2015
I'm at a meeting in Sacramento. All of the presentations are indoors, but this morning I took a few minutes to get some fresh air. Although I walked along a very busy street, it was nice to see and hear a few birds: Pine Siskin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and this Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocomacalifornica):
The genus, Aphelocoma, means "simple hair," apparently in reference to the lack of banding on the feathers. But they sure are striking jays!