This comment has just come in from an expert in western USA.........
-----Original Message-----From: Kimball Garrett Sent:
Saturday, 1 April, 2017 9:32 AM
To: Philip Veerman Subject: RE: mystery bird on YouTube. No mystery.
Yes, that Steller's Jay must certainly have been filmed in western North
America, and Wyoming would be a typical place for them (as long as the habitat
is coniferous forest). The white streaks on the forehead indicate that the
Steller's Jay is from the Rocky Mountain subspecies group (the group found in
Wyoming) rather than any of the Pacific coastal (se. Alaska to s. California)
subspecies, which have bluish streaks and browner (less blackish) heads. But
if the Romanian Bird Records Committee wants to review this as a first record
for Romania and the Western Palearctic, then let them have fun with it.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
From: Philip Veerman
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 3:24 PM
To: Kimball Garrett
Subject: FW: mystery bird on YouTube. No mystery.
I am often interested to read your posts on LA birds as I have also been very
involved in long term bird surveys, although I have no likelihood of ever going
to America. As you are clearly involved in record keeping, this little exchange
may amuse you as to how some birding records get confused and it concerns a
bird that I guess you would know well. Is my comment about Steller's Jay
correct, that they would occur near Wyoming?
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