[Tweeters] Jay Migration at St. Cloud on Sept. 24th

Wilson Cady gorgebirds at juno.com
Wed Sep 27 13:36:13 PDT 2017


I went back up to St. Cloud this morning, arriving just before 9am. Either I was too late for the main movement of birds or the east wind slowed down the movement as it does at our place.In the two hours that I was there I counted: 1 Lewis's Woodpecker111 Steller's Jays28 Scrub-Jays38 Yellow-rumped Warblers Wilson Cady
Columbia River Gorge, WA

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From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker at gmail.com>
To: cjflick <flick at gorge.net>
Cc: tweeters tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Jay Migration at St. Cloud on Sept. 24th
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:27:03 -0700


Tweeters, Spurred on by the report of migrating jays and other species at St. Cloud Recreation Area, Skamania County, I headed over to try my luck. Like the previous report, I saw many, many jays moving west to east. Most were about a quarter mile north of the river but one group flew overhead. My numbers follow: 7:18am - 7:45am: 252 (included one flock of 158 over an 8 minute period) Steller's Jays7:46am - 8am: 120 Steller's Jays and 20 Scrub Jays and one Lewis's Woodpecker8:01am - 8:15am: 41 Steller's Jays and 24 Scrub Jays8:16am - 8:30am: 40 Steller's Jays8:31am - 8:45am: 60 Steller's Jays and 8 Scrub Jays. Total: Steller's Jay: 515C. Scrub Jay: 52Lewis's Woodpecker: 1 There were also: 150+ Yellow-rumped Warbler20 White-crowned Sparrow15 Golden-croned Sparrow50 Cedar Waxwing45 American Robin5 Varied Thrushand miscellaneous kinglets, RB Sapsuckers, N. Flickers, D. Woodpeckers, and a few blackbirds. A rather amazing spot! Keep your eyes and ears skyward. Jim DanzenbakerBattle Ground, WA
On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 5:39 PM, cjflick <flick at gorge.net> wrote:
Jay migration was streaming-screaming during the day (Sept 24) at St. Cloud, Skamania Co., moving from west-to-east.

During a 3 hr, 19 min visit & walk-about, John and Mary Davis counted an eastward movement of 240 Steller&rsquo;s jays, 84 California scrub-jays, and 58 Lewis&rsquo;s woodpeckers, which flew over with the jays.

Another group (CJ Flick with two others) at St. Cloud was out bird banding along the Columbia River at St. Cloud. During a 3-minute count at 8:20 a.m., three persons counted a fly-over of 51 jays (STJA & CASJ) &ndash; they just kept streaming. This group (here for 6 hours+) thought that the jays had the top numbers today, followed by yellow-rumped warblers, and lastly, golden-crowned sparrows. Certainly, the group&rsquo;s estimate of >600 jays moving during these field hours is NO under estimation.

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