One of the pleasures of walking through the Sierra nevada is the wildlife. (In an earlier post I described my Ten Best Wildlife Sightings.) Bird sightings are a subset of creature encounters, but – at least for me – they are a real highlight. If you read the blog often, you know the The Five Most Frequently Seen Birds on the John Muir Trail, and you know a little about the Clark’s Nutcracker (One Smart Bird: The Clark’s Nutcracker).
Remarkably, I have only seen one mountain bluebird in all my years of wandering through the Sierra. That sighting was in Crabtree Meadow about ten years ago. There are tons of Steller’s jays around – you will see those almost daily – but the mountain bluebird is a slightly deeper and purer blue, and really stands out.
(By the way, the Steller’s jay does not have blue feathers. They look blue because of the structure of the feathers, which distort the reflection of light off the bird, making it look blue.)
Anyway, if you happen to see one of these, count yourself lucky.
Good hiking, Ray