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One of the facets of running this photo quiz that I most enjoy is the one (at least) outlandish species provided as someone's answer each month. Taking that answer into account this time, I will start down the solution road by pointing out various aspects that our quiz bird does not exhibit: very long legs extending well beyond tail; very long neck extending out in flight; long, narrow wings; thick, large, and oddly-shaped bill; and overall pink plumage.
What we do have this time is a bird with wide and quite rounded wings; dark wing linings; wide, white tips to the secondaries (and a smaller tip to the innermost primary); a longish tail with the outer pair of rectrices being dark-based and with large white tips to the outer few pairs of rectrices; a black necklace; and otherwise whitish underparts. There just aren't that many species sporting any three or four of these features, much less all six of them. Gray Jay doesn't sport nearly so much white in the tail and just about lacks white in the wings. Clark's Nutcracker's outer pairs of tail feathers and all of its secondaries are entirely white, not dark-based and white-tipped. Additionally, both of these other corvids lack our bird's black necklace. Finally, all wagtail species of ABA-area occurrence are long-distance migrants, hence they have long, narrow, and pointed wings and also lack dark-based outer rectrices.
I took this picture of a Blue Jay (probably an adult) as if flew over the hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point S.P., Cape May Co., NJ, on 6 October 2009 on a day of obvious Blue Jay migration. This quiz was the last of this six-month competition and, as is evident from reading the below, didn't cause much in the way of consternation for respondents. Perhaps, I'll start the next competition off with more consternation.
The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the March Bird Photo Quiz—Blue Jay:
The following list shows the number of submissions for each species guessed.
The photo and answer for this quiz were supplied by Tony Leukering.