Like the acorn woodpeckers that I mentioned in my previous post (10/02/15), Western scrub jays (Aphelocoma californica) are also benefiting from the abundant acorn production this season.
This beautiful blue and grey bird eats insects in the spring and summer, while seeds and nuts comprise its winter and fall diet. Scrub jays cache acorns and other seeds for the winter.
There are two populations of Western scrub jays: those of the oak forests and those that inhabit montane coniferous woodlands. The scrub jays that predominantly live around oaks have stouter, more hooked beaks that help hammer open acorns. Darwin would be happy!
The pictured scrub jay was collecting acorns at Ashland Pond in Ashland OR.