[Tweeters] Might someone want to map our expanding Scrub Jay population?

Stewart Wechsler ecostewart at gmail.com
Fri Sep 29 08:24:42 PDT 2017

Thank you Ryan!

I had a suspicion that there was already a system out there that I wasn't
using. I find the Scrub Jay especially interesting now because it is one
that is still becoming more common, and being sighted in more places, and
more times, in the area where I live, and where I roughly keep track of
what is being seen. While their range and population expansion is still
interesting, those Anna's Hummers are old history for me and my area. It
seems like a long time ago, when they seem to have pretty much filled up
all of the territories in Seattle, where I spend most of my time.


On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 8:37 AM, Ryan Merrill <rjm284 at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is easy to do in eBird and I don't believe you need an account to

> look at the maps. This link should go to a map of area sightings for

> California Scrub-Jay in 2016. You can adjust the date range or species at

> the top of the page.


> http://ebird.org/ebird/map/cowscj1?neg=true&env.minX=-124.

> 91801257343752&env.minY=47.01197890796433&env.maxX=-118.

> 46903796406252&env.maxY=49.14027872848674&zh=true&gp=true

> &ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=range&byr=2016&eyr=2016


> Anna's Hummingbird is another species that is interesting to look at the

> changes in range over the years as they have been expanding.


> Good birding,

> Ryan Merrill

> Seattle




>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------

>> From: Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart at gmail.com>

>> Date: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 8:19 AM

>> Subject: [Tweeters] Might someone want to map our expanding Scrub Jay

>> population?

>> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu



>> Has anyone mapped the sightings of Scrub Jays in Washington and British

>> Columbia? While I no longer count Scrub Jays in Seattle as rarities, I

>> still count sightings, in areas I don't regularly see them, as notable, and

>> a possible indication of a continuing expansion of their population, and

>> possible range. I would love to see a map of area sightings, where I could

>> click and see where they were seen one year, then click again to see where

>> they were seen the next year. (I realize that as the Scrub Jays become

>> more common, fewer people would add their sightings to such a map, so

>> people looking at such a map would have to account for that.)


>> I will add that here in Seattle, I have been regularly able to see them

>> and hear them for a number of years, in Georgetown, south of Boeing Field.

>> Also, just 2 or 3 days ago, I had, what I call a "notable sighting" a block

>> from my apartment, near the West Seattle "Junction" (by California Ave SW &

>> SW Alaska), an area I may, or may not, have seen them once before.


>> After repeatedly seeing them in Georgetown, I came to see that

>> neighborhood, in a flat flood plain of the Duwamish River, with sandier

>> soils than most of Seattle, as more like some scrub-lands of California,

>> where this species has been spreading north from over recent decades.


>> -Stewart

>> www.stewardshipadventures.com

>> 206 932-7225 <%28206%29%20932-7225>


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