SKETCHBOOK 87 – BLUE JAY

I keep rediscovering the same thing: no matter what you see in the “bird book” or online, birds, even of the same species or from the same nest don’t look quite the same. The last Blue Jay I drew had a big black face, but this one only had a small black patch around each eye and a lot less black striping in his wings. Some Blue Jays are a brighter blue. Others are closer to gray-blue. They are as unique in their own way as we are in ours.

Another Blue Jay

The males and females look the same, as do the young ones who are miniatures of their parents. Some are much bluer than others. I enjoy their company. They are funny and lively.



Categories: Anecdote, Arts, birds, blue jay, Drawings, Sketchbook

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5 replies

  1. Beautifully drawn Marilyn

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  2. HI, MARILYN……..IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOUR BLOG GIN. I HVE MISSED BEING ON THIS POST. I HOPE I CAN GET BACK IN HARNESS EVEN THOUGHT MY EYES ARE DIMMING AND IT IS HARDER TO SEE THE PRINT. I ENJOYED YOUR POSTS I IN THE PAST AND LOOK FOREWARD TO SEE MORE IN THE FUTURE.

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  3. Nice. We get those up here.
    I often hear their distinctive call at the feeder.

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    • Blue Jays live everywhere in North American including the arctic. Coast to coast and down into Mexico, but not into South America. They have their own calls and they a good at imitating the calls of other birds.

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