THE CREAGRUS CALIFORNIA
all photos & text by Don Roberson
PINYON JAY Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
all photos taken in California
26 May 1984 in Wyman Canyon INY
The PINYON JAY is a fairly common resident of pinyon-juniper
woodlands east of the Sierra Nevada range. Occasionally there are major
incursions into the desert lowlands in fall & winter, associated with
food collapses within their range, and sporadically a few may reach the
coast as very rare vagrants.
All my California records have been of birds within their usual range.
I have not yet seen a coastal vagrant (there is an old Monterey County
record of a flock in Pacific Grove in December 1895) but I list my "state
bird" below. If I do ever see a vagrant Pinyon Jay, it will also be listed
4/15/72 Coleville MNO
See the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text ©
2001 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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