Thursday, June 21, 2012

Color in the Backyard

Like most of southern California, the majority of San Diego's current area was originally occupied by chaparral, a plant community made up mostly of drought-resistant shrubs.

Chaparral is mostly brown. Except for sometimes in March when we have our rainy season.

Because of this, most of the native birds are brown, so that they can camouflage themselves.  Lots of sparrows, modestly colored finches... all mainly brown.

Except for this guy - the Western Scrub Jay.  Not quite as flamboyant as his cousin, the Blue Jay, but he's the most colorful guy in our backyard.

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