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.
The Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) is a large North American shorebird of the family Scolopacidae. This species was also called "sicklebird" and the "candlestick bird". The species is native to central and western North America. In the winter, the species migrates southwards, as well as towards the coastline.