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Not a Western US bird, it's a "cousin" of the crow. But it's an award winner, view recommended by www.AZdesertTrips.com | Photo by Alessandra Meniconzi / National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest: Acrobat of the Air. He says "A flock of Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus), mountain-dwelling birds, performs acrobatic displays in the air. I was able, during a windy day, to immortalize their impressive flight skills."

gray jay | Research by Karen of AZdesertTrips.com - Found throughout most of Canada, & parts of Western U.S., preferring colder climate areas. They store food by attaching it to trees with their sticky saliva.

Mallard photographed in NY's Central Park, but also found out West! Beatiful photo recommended by AZdesertTrips.com | Embedded image permalink