Taking a quick recovery break from last night’s final long training run. The IVS half is coming up in a week and start my taper tomorrow. I wasn’t able to get the desired 10 mile run in due to a swarm of lightning that convinced me to bail out a mile early. Last weekend a lightening bolt took a 5 inch chunk out of my neighbor’s huge oak tree from top to bottom – a helpful reminder not to roll the dice with nature. 9 miles should be fine for race day prep .. besides, the last mile or so I was pushing it to make it back to the truck before it let loose. Not one to just sit around just watching the boob tube (although the Illini are kicking butt), thought it would be a good time to crank out a post!
Unlike the previous post. today’s featured bird didn’t take long to lock in an identification. If you haven’t noticed a theme yet, the birds of late have all been from our Red Rock Canyon in Nevada shoot. This is a wonderful park not far from Las Vegas and a standard stop for us when we haul our photography equipment out there. Definitely a good place to add to your Birding List if you are light on your land birds – which I happen to be at the moment… although building fast.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Western Scrub-Jay
Pretty cool looking bird with the white eyebrow liner and the white speckled in the throat area. When the bird list was checked it was discovered that there was a question mark in the check box. This usually means a possible ID was made but lacking a good confirmation. Similar to the Gray Vireo and Townsend Solitaire which both have question marks in their check box until the bird in the previous post is officially confirmed (still looking for some help on that by the way).
The question indicator resulted in a quick search of the blog to figure out where it was previously referenced. Looks like there were two possible sightings – one in 2008 (link here) and one in 2010 (link here). Reviewing those two possible shots, the conclusion is neither one of those is a Western Scrub-Jay. Not sure what the 2008 one is yet, but the 2010 is most likely a Clark’s Nutcracker. So good news, I can replace that question mark with a solid check now.
Time for the classic EddieSoft pose…
Hit the jump to see a few more shots of the Western Scrub-Jay