For several years I have studied, drawn, and painted scrub jays because a small colony or family resides near me in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve. In 2004 I spent several days with this group of birds but the jay territory has now changed and, sadly, the birds are more difficult to find. This summer I visited the reserve many times and I sighted a few of them. I drew and painted the environment but I have yet to find the family of birds, which is probably deeper than I was able to hike. Now, during hunting season, I decided to go to safer Florida locations where colonies are known to exist.
On Sunday, 19 November I drove to Marion County with my trike and a little trailer to carry our chairs, sketching supplies, and a light brunch. This is the closest known site with confirmed scrub jays. The I met Eva Squires, a Journey Daybook alum who is also interested in the Florida Scrub Jay. We hiked and pedaled a few miles to the scrub site on the Marjorie Carr Cross-Florida Greenway where we found a very active colony of these beautiful birds. You can read my notes on this journey daybook page and also visit Eva’s Facebook page for her excellent