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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 6:44 am 
What is this?

Bird good shot.
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Bird good shot.
Bird good shot.
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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 7:12 am 
Clarks Nutcracker

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/clarks_nutcracker/id

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 7:57 am 
I had one of those steal a hot dog off my grill once.

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 8:34 am 
Clark's nutcracker and the Whitebark pine tree have coevolved. Where you see one you will see the other. The cones of the Whitebark pine are indehiscent (scales do not open). They are dependent upon either the Clark's nutcracker or ground squirrel to release the seeds and then bury them. The cones are not deciduous either and will remain on the tree unless disturbed. I have seen bears in Whitebark pine trees knocking the cones down to the ground. Often beneath the tree can be seen small branches with denuded cones. These branches have been chewed off of the tree by the ground squirrels to fall where they can be more easily worked on. Clark's nutcracker prefers to wedge the detached cone into a fork of the tree where it is then hammered on by the bill. The jaw of corvids is modified to allow for the greater strength needed by this hammering action as described in this article http://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v104n04/p0665-p0680.pdf

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 9:45 am 
Named after a well known historical figure?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Clark_(explorer)

Interesting to note that the Gray Jay and the Clark's Nutcracker (not the same bird) are both commonly referred to as camp robbers.

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 10:00 am 
kbatku wrote:
I had one of those steal a hot dog off my grill once.

Your thief was more likely a Gray Jay aka camp robber.  As Mike noted, Clark's Nutcrackers hang out near White-barked Pines, a subalpine species.

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 12:19 pm 
It's a Clark's Nutcracker.  They have much larger beaks than Gray Jays, plus the field marks are different.

Clark's Nutcracker

Gray Jay

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 6:07 pm 
Thanks for the ID.

I knew it wasn't your typical Robber Jay.

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 8:19 pm 
how about this bird?


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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 8:46 pm 
bobbi wrote:
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Wow.... Looks like something that escaped from a cage at a pet store...  lol.gif

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PostSun Jul 20, 2014 9:33 pm 
bobbi wrote:
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That looks like an evening grosbeak.  Cool birdie!

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PostMon Jul 21, 2014 5:15 am 
Yes that is Evening Grosbeak

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PostMon Jul 21, 2014 6:55 am 
meandering Wa wrote:
Yes that is Evening Grosbeak

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PostMon Jul 21, 2014 12:02 pm 
Clark thought his nutcracker was a woodpecker.  They occasionally get tame enough to land on your hand (not politically correct to do this).
Lewis thought his woodpecker was a jay.  Lewis's Woodpecker is the only woodpecker I know that tends to flock.  Maybe acorn woodpeckers do.  You'll see Lewises on the east side of the crest.  Easy to see how they could be mistaken for jays.
In MN, they call Gray Jays Whiskeyjacks.  I like that name.

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PostMon Jul 21, 2014 1:02 pm 
thanks....

the evening grosbeak was so funny.  it kept coming closer and closer to me as i was taking its photo.  it was so cute biggrin.gif

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