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Did you know that this unmistakably tropical, colorful bird resides right here in the great state of Texas? I didn’t, until about two years ago. This incredible bird is the Cyanocorax yncas. Commonly known as the Green Jay. Before we get to the 6 Facts About the Green Jay, let me give you a little background on the images in this blog.
After learning about photography ranches, I came across a place outside of Edinburg, Texas called Laguna Seca Ranch. I contacted a guide at the ranch, Ruth Hoyt, and started researching more about the area. I knew I was going to have to get my ducks in a row if I was going to convince Tracy on a South Texas road trip. Luck was with me. I found a live bird feeder cam at the Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville, Texas (Click the link to watch). There, sitting on the feeder was this vibrant bird. All I had to do was show the feeder cam to Tracy and she was hooked. I believe her exact words were, “Holy crap, what is that?”. I told her it was a Green Jay, and it can only be found in South Texas. The next day I was making plans for our road trip. A few weeks later, we saw our first Green Jay. Like our own little ambassador, sitting in a tree at our B&B as if to welcome us on our birding adventure. It was amazing! I’m glad no one saw us because we both (Tracy more than me) did our happy dance.
We spent the next day with Ruth at the Laguna Seca Ranch. The morning was spent with birds of prey and the afternoon was all about photographing the Green Jay and other incredible South Texas songbirds.