Skip to main content

A White Steller Jay at Big Creek, Fresno County, California

Catherine E. Bower
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
4 (July-August)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1932
Pages: 
194

A White Steller Jay at Big Creek, Fresno County, California

We were surprised on the morning of September 16, 1931, to see an abnormally plumaged Blue-fronted Jay (Cyanoeitta stelleri frontalis) which came about our house in Big Creek. The back, upper breast and crest of this bird were grayish white, the rump and belly were bluish white, and the legs and beak creamy white. When the bird came to a nearby pine branch and permitted close inspection, we could see that its eyes appeared to be black. When it flew, two long feathers in the center of the tail showed a pale blue color. For the next two months the bird was seen, always. alone, around Big Creek. Next it was seen at the Power House, ten miles down the Canon.

Catherine E. Bower

Box 96, Big Creek, California, March 31, 1932

Total votes: 0

Advanced Search