Date: 9/2/20 7:22 am From: Mike Patterson <celata...> Subject: [obol] Clark's Nutcracker on Saddle Mt - 9/1/2020
Saddle Mountain is closed this summer because of COVID-19 related State Parks policies this season. I have been given special access to survey for Oregon Silverspot butterflies and was up counting yesterday and saw what pretty much had to be a CLARK'S NUTCRACKER.
I saw a jay like bird at a distance and was hoping it would be a Canada Jay. It had bright white wing patches and white outer tail feathers. Within a matter of seconds, a large group of STELLER'S JAYS and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that they were harassing passed through the same tree-scape.
When I got up to the spot where the jays were, I spent several minutes pygmy-tooting and pishing. This brought in the jays and I also re-located the hawk, but I did not relocate any nutcrackers or other jay species.
I cannot categorically eliminate aberrant, symmetrically leucistic Steller's Jay or a funky Gray Jay, but jays are moving around now and it's probably worth watching other Coast Range peaks.