Date: 10/30/20 7:56 am From: Jerry Tangren <kloshewoods...> Subject: [obol] Re: California vs. Woodhouse's Scrub Jays in Oregon
As a note, I believe the adaptation of Woodhouses across the CA-NV cline is to extracting nuts from the pines they frequent and not so much to more arid environments.
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Subject: [obol] Re: California vs. Woodhouse's Scrub Jays in Oregon
I recall being along while Marty St. Louis when he conducted the Blizzard Gap BBS, in the mid-80s. That route starts near the very SE corner of Lake County, like maybe just a few miles north of the Nevada border. The habitat, where the few scrub jays recorded on this route, is sage, and very scattered juniper, although, maybe not so scattered where they occurred. I do recall having a discussion with Marty about their occurrence on this route, and possibly missed seeing one or more.... can't recall how many I saw... My memory has an image of "valley" on the north side of Hwy 140, with junipers, so rim rock is a likely habitat feature, and so possibly some Mountain Mahogany. And, I believe Green-tailed Towhee was there too (not sure about that)
I see that the BBS data has scrub jay recorded as California/Woodhouse. Given that Namitz mentions a "discrepancy" in Oregon due to a lack of records north of Nevada's occurrence, I would suggest going directly to the stops where these jays have been seen/detected on past counts to check, and get audio recording, along with photos. The stops are "in line" with Nevada's ebird occurrences map.
Marty may read this. If so, maybe he could comment further, and give more insight to the location(s). Maybe he's even heard them and now has a stronger opinion about what they possibly are there.
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From: Alan Contreras
Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2020 8:09 PM
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Subject:[obol] Re: California vs. Woodhouse's Scrub Jays in Oregon
Are there any Oregon records of Woodhouse’s confirmed by photo or specimen? Do we have modern confirmation of the id of the old Steens specimens?