Florida Scrub Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) are found in upland scrub ecosystems unique to Florida ( also one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America). These area are the remnants of ancients dune when what is now Florida first appeared above sea level This ecosystem is one of the few in Florida that rarely floods, so it was the first to be developed for citrus groves and later for housing developments. Currently, habitat loss is still the main threat to Florida Scrub Jays but due to fragmented population, genetic diversity is likely to become a major issue.
Commissioned piece; commissioner wanted a tattoo-design-style wall art piece depicting a scrub jay, juniper, nopal, and the words “get good”. Black and blue Micron, Tombow markers, and white acrylic paint on bristol.
Commissioned WIP– a scrub jay, nopal, and juniper with the words ‘Get Good’, a la my earlier screaming cockatoo piece (i.e. tattoo-design-y, flowery, birdy, and full of Internet nonsense). Just got the OK for ink and colour once the lines are done.
These masked thieves are known to steal acorns and pine cones from other birds, including other scrub jays. These burglars aren’t all bad though, they groom the the local mule deer of ticks and parasites. Thanks!
Western Scrub Jay ~ Buschhäher ~ Aphelocoma californica
What a skinny-looking bird! I witnessed this feathered friend catch insects though, maybe it was just a very hot day. Apologies for the quality of this pic due to mediocre equipment. This photo is from 2012. I just stumbled across it and I was like: Yay! I missed the Florida Scrub Jay last November but I DO have an old shot of the Western Scrub Jay at least, yippieh! :-)
Florida Scrub Jay ( Aphelocoma coerulescens) this morning. These guys have been relocated to restored scrub from an area that was set to be developed. As a result they have because used to people and are more than willing to land on an open hand.
This scoundrel loves to eat honeybees. He has a partner in crime, and between them they keep the ground at d o w n s t r e a m apiary pretty clean from dead and dying bees. They (scrub jays) have developed a pretty sophisticated means of avoid stings - material for another post, perhaps.