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Wednesday, during one of my brief forays outside, I heard a scrubbie, aka Western Scrub Jay. Upon reflection, I realized that I had not heard one in some time. This seems wierd, as I'll explain below the orange bird's nest.

Castro Valley, 1/16/2013 - Scrubbie

In my area, the Western Scrub Jay isn't migratory. I don't think that any of the various subspecies are actually migratory, unless some of them do the vertical migration thing, seasonally shifting from valleys to mountains and back.

For those unfamiliar with them, scrubbies are not quiet. They make their presence known. Though I haven't been outside that much, I do get out a bit daily, and I have to let the master of the household out of and back in the front door many times daily, pausing each time to look and listen. I am relatively sure that i would have heard them if there were any scdrubbiesws around, but I have not. I haven't even heard that one again. Yet, they are resident and I can guarantee that there are times that they are definitely here, in multiples even.  A mystery.

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