Pacific Coast Gardening forum: "New" breed of wild bird in my garden.

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Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Jul 24, 2014 10:10 AM CST
Sorry I don't have any photo's...yet...but will soon, hopefully.

This week I discovered what I "think" is a cross between a Western Scrub Jay and a Mockingbird in my garden.
I have a huge cl. Cecile Brunner rose which both species regularly nest in. They seem to have worked out an agreement to share the rose bush as a place to build their nests. I see regular new fledglings of both species.

Now I'm seeing three young birds that are the size of a mockingbird, same coloring, but with BLUE "chests" for lack of a better word. It's a VERY prominent blue but with the slim body-build of a mockingbird and the usual black, gray and white mockingbird colors.

I haven't found anything on the net about these species cross-breeding.
Thoughts ???




Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jul 24, 2014 12:45 PM CST
Not a clue, Mike......
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Shorty_CA (Sylvia) Webb
Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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ShortyCA
Jul 26, 2014 9:48 AM CST
How do they differ from Blue Jays?
Shorty_CA
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Jul 26, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Smaller body and head.
However, these are young birds so it's hard to know just how big they'll eventually get.

As is typical, I haven't seen any of them since I started this thread !
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jul 26, 2014 11:19 AM CST
hey, Shorty...have we welcomed you yet?...lol..if not, well....WELCOME!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Shorty_CA (Sylvia) Webb
Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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ShortyCA
Jul 27, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome. I haven't had a chance to finish my profile yet. I live in Southern California. I'm a second generation native and a true city girl. I had to move back home with my mother due to her failing physical health. Her yard had become a disaster. I flew to work every week for over 20 years and never had an interest in gardening. Now that I no longer travel I've developed an interest in gardening.

I look forward to learning a lot from this site. I'm also a DG member.
Shorty_CA
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jul 27, 2014 12:55 PM CST
We lived in Venice 40 years ago.....haven't been there in a while, obviously...lol..but somehow think it must have the same 'essence'. I'm native also, but finally just had to get out of SoCal...moved to Crescent City 8 months ago and love it here....moved as far away as I could get and still be "California"....lol..

Again, welcome...there are a lot of good people here and yes, you'll learn a lot here....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

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