One of the things I’ve wanted to do the last several times I was in western Colorado visiting family is to find Pinyon Jays.
Now, Pinyon Jays are not the easiest bird to find. When I lived in Montrose, some folks had seen my postings and come to my house to see the birds as at that time they were visiting my feeders daily. However, one lady wouldn’t come into the house, despite my nearly begging her to do so, and the birds never made an appearance. That is, until they were at the end of my 1/4 mile driveway, heading back east.
But these birds made it easy for us. We headed out to drive along the edge of my dads housing development, where the pinyon trees are.
Expecting to be out for 1-2 hours, we heard the birds before we ever left the subdivision! Within 15 minutes we had our PJ’s. They were visiting a yard with nearly empty feeders and using the Cottonwood tree shown here as a staging area. There were at least 65 birds.
And now, I hope you enjoy this wobbly video that captures the unique sound of one of my favorite Corvids.