Where we live in Florida scrub jays are rare and their habitat is protected, but here in Oregon they are a common yard bird all year long.
They're about the size of a common crow and share characteristics -- loud, obnoxious, and smart! They're fun to watch though, because of their personality -- and of course the beautiful blue color.
They think they own the bird feeder, sometimes landing on it for no reason except to show the smaller songbirds that they're in charge. As soon as the little guys scatter, the jay will fly away, often without even taking a seed.
Fortunately, the jays get tired of the game after a while, otherwise we'd never see any other birds.
Linked to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY. Thank you Stuart.