Feb 26 2012
When volunteers compared notes after the Pittsburgh Christmas Bird Count on January 1, someone remarked that they hadn’t seen many blue jays this winter. Everyone at the Pittsburgh CBC Dinner nodded.
This morning I remembered that remark and looked through my bird observations to see how often I’ve recorded blue jays this winter.
Amazingly I’ve seen them only four times since November 1: on November 6 and 13 and December 4 and 11. Three of those observations were at the same spot at Moraine State Park and were perhaps the same individual bird. Meanwhile, I have not seen a blue jay in Pittsburgh for at least four months.
If the blue jays aren’t here, where are they?
Have you seen any blue jays lately?
(photo by Marcy Cunkelman, prior to 2000)
p.s. I’ve mapped your sightings on The Blue Jay Report. See my March 1 blog –> here.