[Tweeters] W. Scrub Jay sighting @ Magnuson Pk. on 9/13/14, known nesting near Seattle and range expansion

Barbara Deihl barbdeihl at comcast.net
Sat Sep 27 18:11:18 PDT 2014

Thanks, Vicki.
Also, George Neavoll reports that they seem to be regular visitors at Ridgefield.
And thanks for your input, Jill F.
And thanks to Alan G. re: nesting records - yes, by all means, please let us Tweets know any more data or interesting tidbits any of the rest of you have about the Western Scrub Jays.

Nice to have a 'jay day' instead of a 'gray day' today, although a 'Gray Jay day' could also be interesting :-)

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood - NE Seattle
barbdeihl at comcast.net

> From: Vicki King <vkbirder at gmail.com>

> Date: September 27, 2014 2:39:27 PM PDT

> To: Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl at comcast.net>

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] W. Scrub Jay sighting @ Magnuson Pk. on 9/13/14


> I did the Madison Valley Christmas Bird Count for a number of years and we had Scrub Jays in the first 3-5 blocks south of Madison and west of the Bush School almost every year. I was told they nest in that area. We had a surprise Scrub Jay one winter (5 years ago or so) at Judkins Park, overlooking I-90.


> They seem to be expanding their range pretty rapidly.


> Vicki King

> On Sep 27, 2014, at 2:18 PM, Barbara Deihl <barbdeihl at comcast.net> wrote:


>> Since Scrub Jays seem to be of the moment now, I'll throw in my sighting from Sat. Sept. 13 at around noon. The jay vocalized its way to some trees in the middle of one of the older wetland ponds at Magnuson Park - it hung around long enough for me to get a photo, though it's somewhat lacking in quality (if you wish to see the pic, I will send it to you in an email). I had first noticed the jaylike calls and knew they were not from our usual 'blue jay', the Stellar's Jay. It was pretty exciting to see the Scrub Jay around here. There seem to have been more Western Scrub Jay sightings in the past few years than in previous late summers/early falls... Are they migrating through to the south? The only place I've seen them regularly is in and around Portland, OR. Have they ever nested at the Fill ? Or in Discovery Park? Or anywhere else in the Puget Sound area that anyone knows of?


>> Barb Deihl

>> Matthews Beach - NE Seattle

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