A guy emails that he saw a blue Cardinal. What gives?
A Steller’s Jay comes to mind. But those birds live three thousand miles west of the guy’s town in Maine. Can’t be.
Still, birds don’t always play by the rules.
What if a Steller’s Jay took a nap in the back of an 18-wheeler at a Utah rest stop? The trucker drives off and four days later the bird flies out in Maine.
Or… Maybe a guy in Maine is spray painting his garage blue. A Cardinal flies through the spray. Unthinkable?
Ed Abbey said, “The unthinkable is always thinkable.”
Okay. Two theories so far. Maybe the bird’s a hitchhiking Steller’s Jay. Or it’s a red Cardinal that got painted by a spray gun.
You have a better idea?
FOOTNOTE (May, 2015): The above post was written in June of 2012, and seemed interesting at the time. How could a Steller’s Jay be so far out of its range?
Since then, we occasionally hear from readers who honestly report “blue Cardinals.” Comments from these people are shown below. We received one just this week.
We have no idea what’s going on. Are these all Steller’s Jays? Are they really blue Cardinals?
This is a question for experts. If an expert should happen to stumble across this site, and see all the comments below, we hope that person will shed a little light on the subject.
Meanwhile, thanks for your observations.