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Blue Jay
Blue Jay

Blue Jay

14 x 18" ink and acrylic on clayboard

The Blue Jay inhabits the central and eastern United States and into Canada.  John White made a watercolor illustration of this bird in 1758 so it was known and described by the early settlers from Europe as brilliancy of dress, and oddness of his tones and gestures.

 It is now known that the Blue Jays are a monogamous pair which remain in the same area throughout the year.  It will defend the nest if others come too close and it conducts group social displays and that of a mob predator with a loosely organized neighborhood flock when breeding.