June 17, Bowen Island, BC. A Turkey Vulture flew overhead while I was sitting in our friends' garden. Turkey vultures fly frequently over our house in Tucson and I was pleased to see this one in BC. I believe this is an American Crow. I saw many crows throughout BC as we drove through the province. I 'm still not sure how to tell the difference between a crow and a raven unless they're side by side. (Suggestions are welcome.)Steller's and Blue jays are the only North American jays with crests. When I first saw this Steller's Jay, I was impressed with how vividly coloured it was with its coal black crest and face and bright blue breast and back. I learned that this is the coastal form. The Steller's Jays we have in the Arizona mountains are the inland form, with a black crest, grey face and shoulders, blue on its back and a pale blue breast.
When this jay flew onto the feeder it would cause havoc, chasing away the smaller birds, squawking loudly and feeding voraciously as it rushed from opening to opening while seed flew out every which way.