Date: 5/29/18 1:18 pm
From: Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: jays in Burns

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Folks have been sighting them widely over the last decade in Harney and Lake County. I recall a June report along the highway between Denio and Adel. Someone found a nest on the west slope of Hart Mtn in a sagebrush that same year, presumably in the absence of junipers or Mtn Mahogany trees. An obol subscriber living south of Wright’s Point had a resident family, perhaps before the big freeze, and another oblate west of town had them around. We’re seeing them in Burns because all roads lead there, everyone puts in a little time there, the passive observer effort is high. But I think that Scrub Jays, like gnatcatchers, are pretty widespread eastern Oregon these days. This is not meant to discourage more reports. Au contraire! Still haven’t seen or heard a trace of this delightful species in Malheur County despite many score observer hours in all seasons.lpn
> On May 29, 2018, at 12:33 PM, Charles Gates <cgates326...> wrote:
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> I was surprised to find this California Scrub-jay on South Harney Road west of the Narrows store in Harney County. It's a long way from the Burns population. We looked carefully for Woodhouse's field marks but nothing seemed to fit. Bad lighting made the bird look very dark. The photo below is lightened in photoshop.
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> On 5/29/2018 10:15 AM, <cotingas...> <mailto:<cotingas...> wrote:
>> Alan
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>> They are quite common now in Burns and Hines and scattered around the county in low numbers. We had 40 on the Burns CBC, mostly in town. We have up to 4 at a time feeding on peanuts in backyard near cemetery. And the are nesting at the end of the street this year.
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>> Rick Vetter
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>> “Even the worst handwritten field notes are better than the best memory or technology“ - Sergej Postupalsky
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>> On May 29, 2018, at 9:24 AM, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> <mailto:<acontrer56...>> wrote:
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>>> On Saturday morning we encountered two Cal Scrub Jays in Burns near the Lottery Lane turnoff. Is that a regular bird in Burns now?
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>>> Alan Contreras
>>> Eugene, Oregon
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