Those of us who are birdwatchers love being able to see a species that is new to us and to add it to our list. It is a bit of an addiction and some bird watchers keep much better track of their numbers and may even use them to brag a bit. Since some success is dependent on free time, money to travel and other things, I do not keep track of total numbers. But I was able to see a bird that I had never seen before. It took us an entire day of wandering on trails in the scrub brush of Florida. I also saw a gopher tortoise which is somewhat rare and which I had never seen. All I got was his butt heading back down the minute he saw me!
BUT, I digress because I also saw on this trip my first scrub jay--Aphelocoma coerulescens. As I wrote earlier this took a lot of walking around and listening for jay calls and just hanging out in the rather boring brush. Glad it was a cool day.
The first one I saw was sitting high in a tree near the trail as the sun was going down.
Below the jay is eating some of those precious oak seeds.