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Steller’s Jay

I don’t like change.  So I’m developing a habit where if I make a change, I make a bunch of changes all at once.  I graduated law school and moved with Jon to California.  I quit my job in California to move to Utah and bought a house with Jon.  Now we’re having a baby and I quit my job to start at another law firm.  I spent 500 hours last year on things for the firm that couldn’t be charged to a client.  Those in the field call it non-billable work.  That’s not counting all the weekends and evenings I’ve been studying for my classes.  I had no more to give, and it would break my heart to keep working like that with a baby at home waiting to see me.


I started at the new firm last week, I took my final for school, and I went birding for the first time since January!  I went to Red Butte Gardens because I’m pathetic and I get tired very easily these days.  It worked out well because there were some very active Steller’s Jays around.  Before this, I’d only seen them at much higher altitudes in Utah.



There were three Steller’s Jays being very loud.  I knew the sound wasn’t a Scrub Jay, but it was similar.  I love their white eyebrows.



Their plumage is gorgeous in full light; the stripes remind me of a Blue Jay.  It’s lucky to see it because they’re most commonly found deep inside the trees.



6 Responses to “Steller’s Jay”

  1. cindy says:

    So glad things are looking up. And I love the jay photos – especially the first one. They are still on my wishlist. They remind me a little of the Florida Scrub Jays.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Oh wow, congratulations, good for you!!! I don’t know how you do it! And then you go take some fantastic stellar jay pictures, damn. I get to see them here when we go to the mountain – I love Stellars (can’t resist a wedge and a thick luscious eyebrow).

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! I was losing my mind a little bit, so I’m hoping it will be easier now.

    I think Steller’s Jays are a lot prettier than Scrub Jays, but so hard to get good pictures of! Hopefully they were looking for potential breeding sites; I’ll go back there really soon to see if there are any changes.

  4. Nice photos! I looked up Steller (Georg Wilhelm) and discovered there is also a Steller’s Eider and a Steller’s Sea-Eagle.

  5. Kathy Walters says:

    Wow, you keep busy. Good luck with the new job and the baby. Beautiful looks at those Stellar’s Jays. Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! The job is going really well.