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Pinyon Jay #7325
03-NOV-2010 2010 Bob Walker

Pinyon Jay #7325

White Rock, NM

Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus

Late yesterday a large flock of Pinyon Jays swarmed through the back yard just after sunset (after I would normally be prepared to take pictures). I took some pictures of them, through a window, but the pictures look like they were taken through a window. So today, and when they came by again this evening, I was ready. There were about 25 birds in the flock, very noisy, swarming the seed and peanut feeders, and drinking from the pond. These birds are a soft pastel blue almost all over, with just a little white markings on their throats. Some were much bluer than this one. This is the first year I can think of seeing them in the back yard, once houses were built up all around us. They normally stick to more open fields.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/125s f/5.6 at 600.0mm iso1600 (with 2x TC) full exif

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