Not all of the Scrub Jays would feed from your hand. Actually, there were quite a few that were very wary. For those, we would throw peanuts on the ground. The unusual thing about this trip was that our leaders just let us roam about the area unsupervised. They told us to explore the scrub and see what we could find. As I was walking down a sandy road I saw my first of many feral hogs in Florida. This was an adult and it quickly disappeared. On my last day of the festival I would see a whole group of young hogs, all black but one little brown one.
This was a great trip and I would recommend it to anyone that hasn't seen a Florida Scrub Jay up close. Other than the jays, there were only a few other birds seen. Some Roseate Spoonbills flew over and we saw one Loggerhead Shrike, in addition to the regular vultures seen overhead. This may not be the birdiest of areas but the Scrub Jays steal the show. They are simply beautiful birds and hopefully, with continued education and conservation projects their species will be protected.