Monday, March 15, 2010

Uncountable Alien

Monday, March 15, 2010
5 comments

I've gotta give another BOTB shout-out to the most amazing bird I've seen in the United States thus far this year: the black-throated magpie jay. There's a small number of this species that lives along the San Diego/Tijuana, Mexico border. They are probably there as a result of some bird smuggling gone awry or as escaped cage birds. They are native to west-central Mexico, but have begun breeding in southern California. They are not countable now for North American bird lists, but methinks it only a matter of time....

Countable or not, this bird can make even the most jaded birder go "Wow!"

5 comments:

On March 15, 2010 at 5:43 PM Susan said...

I'll second that Wow! Wow.

On March 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM Jo said...

Awwwwwwwesome bird. Look at that tail!

On March 17, 2010 at 7:06 PM cyberthrush said...

countable, schmountable, beautiful boid!

On March 18, 2010 at 9:01 PM Dave Lewis said...

My motto, if I saw it, it's real and I'm gonna count it on my own list. Pffft!

On April 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM ruthie said...

omg I am going down there this weekend! Thanks


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