[Tweeters] Western Scrub-Jays in Tacoma: Spring 1999

Rolan Nelson rnbuffle at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 9 13:17:57 PST 2010

They have been breeding annually at the Hundred Acre Woods in NE Lakewood (Pierce Co.) for 8 years now.

Rolan Nelson
Fircrest, WA
rnbuffle at yahoo.com

--- On Tue, 11/9/10, Marcus Roening <Marcus.D.Roening at gsk.com> wrote:

From: Marcus Roening <Marcus.D.Roening at gsk.com>
Subject: [Tweeters] Western Scrub-Jays in Tacoma: Spring 1999
To: "Tweeters (tweeters at u.washington.edu)" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 12:43 PM

Hi Tweets,
The first Western Scrub-Jays that tried to breed in Tacoma that I am aware of, were near the University of Puget Sound, in the Spring of 1999.  I watched a pair carrying lots of twigs into my neighbor’s  thick laurel hedge over the course of a couple of weeks.  I continued to watch, but never did see any young birds. 
The following year, they moved south a couple of blocks to nest and were successful, as I saw young birds.  Ever since this time, there has been a pair that has claimed my block as part of their territory and we were able to locate them for a couple of the Christmas Bird Counts.
On November 12, 2000, I was curious as to how far the jays had expanded.  I walked from the University of Puget Sound north to the edge of the bluff (about 30 blocks)and I was able to count 7 individuals.
Good Birding,
Marcus Roening
Tacoma WA
marcus.d.roening at GSK.com
C: 253-988-8313
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