My previous posts this week were from a trip last spring to California, so it seemed fitting to end the week with another of my favorites from that trip. This is a Western Scrub Jay at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur. Usually referred to as a “Blue Jay” in the west, this is actually a different species of bird entirely. While the Western Scrub Jay is a very common bird in California, this was my first encounter with one as I currently reside in the Southeast. While several people were vying for the perfect location to photograph the beautiful McWay Falls, I enjoyed capturing a few photos of this very entertaining subject. After several minutes of animated hoping along the railing, the Jay held still for a moment to spy something below and I snapped this shot.