This spectacular bird is native to Mexico from the Pacific Slopes east of Hermosillo, to Guadalajara and Colima. It is believed that the birds living in San Diego are a result of escaped captives that have established breeding territory.
The Clark's Nutcracker is a bird seen in western North America from British Columbia and western Alberta in the north to Baja California and western New Mexico in the south. When visiting their territory, one can usually hear groups of these birds in raucous conversations.
The Common Raven is much larger than an American Crow. In flight, the middle tail feathers (Rectrices) are long, giving the tail a wedge shape. Whereas the American Crow's tail is rounded, or fan-like.
The Gray Jay has been given many names. In the far north it is know as the Whiskey Jack. Early trappers heard the native Americans call it 'wiska-jon', which they modified to Whiskey Jack. This bird will nest in the coldest part of the year, even in the bitter winters of the far north.