[Tweeters] Gray Jay Picking Cat-tail Moss (Isothecium myosuroides)

Rob Sandelin nwnature1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 23 15:37:16 PDT 2013

I have watched crows do this as well. There is a species of Crane fly which
spend their larval stage in moss. Probably other insects as well.

Rob Sandelin

Naturalist, Writer, Teacher

Snohomish County


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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Vincent
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 12:23 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Gray Jay Picking Cat-tail Moss (Isothecium myosuroides)

Yesterday, 08/22/2013, I saw this Gray Jay picking what I think is Cat-tail
Moss (Isothecium myosuroides) on Deer Park Rd., Olympic National Park, 47°
58' 36.3", -123° 17' 32.6", Near Port Angeles, Clallam Co., WA. I'm
wondering why it's doing this? Surely it isn't for nesting material this
late in the season. Are there insects in there, perhaps? I know in south
Florida, where I used to live, the Spanish Moss contained mites and other
small insects. Perhaps the GRJA is looking for food? Comments welcome.


Vincent Lucas

Sequim, WA

vincentlucas5 at gmail.com

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