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jfribrg
2009-Apr-20, 04:00 PM
I saw an article (http://news.aol.com/article/mountain-bluebird-in-ohio/435501?icid=main|main|dl1|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fnews. aol.com%2Farticle%2Fmountain-bluebird-in-ohio%2F435501) on AOL News today about a Mountain Bluebird being found in Ohio. The picture that accompanies the article claims that it is a Mountain bluebird photgraphed in Colorado. This looks more like a Pinyon Jay (http://www.avianweb.com/pinyonjays.html) to me.

Swift
2009-Apr-20, 04:57 PM
Here (http://www.ohiobirds.org/news.php) is a report from the Ohio Ornithological Society

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: A second state record for Ohio. Pat Pulcini reported that one was at the intersection of Rte 295 and Wilkins at Oak Openings MP on the 5th. There have been many observers that have gone to see this very cooperative bird. There are some reports filtering in that the bird may have been present for the past week. The bluebird was still present as of 4:00 this afternoon. This bluebird has been well described and photographed. The first Mountain Bluebird was reported in December 1989 and stayed for one month.


And here (http://www.ohiobirds.org/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3049) is the discussion from their forum.

jfribrg
2009-Apr-20, 05:01 PM
I wasn't clear in post. I don't doubt that the bird being seen in Ohio is a Mountain Bluebird. My comment was that the bird depicted in the AOL article is definitely not. The article clearly states that the picture is not the bird in Ohio. It is either a Pinyon Jay or a Western Scrub Jay.

Swift
2009-Apr-20, 05:28 PM
I wasn't clear in post. I don't doubt that the bird being seen in Ohio is a Mountain Bluebird. My comment was that the bird depicted in the AOL article is definitely not. The article clearly states that the picture is not the bird in Ohio. It is either a Pinyon Jay or a Western Scrub Jay.
Yeah, I thought that, but was more interested in the sighting.

I agree, I don't think the bird in the AOL picture is a Mountain bluebird (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mountain_Bluebird/id), the beak and the tail don't look right.

I'm leaning a little more to the Western Scrub Jay (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Scrub-jay/id), because of the light grey belly/chest, and the grey on the shoulders, though the Scrub Jay looks like it has more of an eye patch, which the AOL bird doesn't seem to show.

I can see why it is easy to confuse the three.

Trebuchet
2009-Apr-20, 06:54 PM
The AOL picture may have been updated, it looks like a bluebird to me at this time.

jfribrg
2009-Apr-20, 06:59 PM
I just checked back. They changed the picture but not the caption.
Here, a mountain bluebird perches on a feeder in Colorado. I never saw a barbed-wire feeder before. At least this time they have the correct species.

Lutchax
2009-Apr-20, 07:15 PM
I never saw a barbed-wire feeder before.

Squirrels, you know.

jfribrg
2009-Apr-20, 09:20 PM
Welcome to the board Lutchax.