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Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Photographed in Minneola, Florida on November 08, 2009. I took this photograph through the open window of my vehicle. The bird was about 12 feet away. My Mother had this same view and was amazed at this beautiful bird sitting on the fence post only a few feet away from her. The bird was not shy and we got at least a 10 minute look as it flew back and forth between the fence and a nearby tree. We even got to see it bury some food in the soft sand.

Whatbird: Restricted to scrublands across central Florida; found in dense growths of low oaks, myrtles, sand pines, palmettos, and thickets. The Florida Scrub-Jay is the only species of bird to be exclusively found in the state of Florida. There are several groups in Florida lobbying for it to become the state bird in place of the Northern Mockingbird.

Eats insects, spiders, ticks, mice, small turtles, eggs and young of smaller birds, acorns, nuts, and fruits. Forages in low to middle levels in vegetation or hops on the ground.

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