Just to add my $.02, I have NOT noticed a decline in WESJ numbers here
in West LA. In fact, numbers seem to have increased over the past 5
years - I've observed at least two pairs of nesting individuals in nearby
yards as well as juvenile birds in my yard this past summer.
Marina del Rey, CA
Sent: Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 10:26 AM (PDT)
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Re: [CALBIRDS] Western Scrub Jay populations in California [5.2K]
Well, I certainly can attest to the fact that there has been no decrease in House Finch populations in downtown Fullerton (I live 2 blocks west of downtown) or in the neighborhood around Lakeview and Santa Ana River in Anaheim Hills. Going down Riverdale, near Orange Olive, about two miles west of Lakeview, I saw a Western Scrub Jay on the chain link fence a couple days ago despite the "relandscaping" of ripping out bushes all along the riverbed and replacing them with boulders. The corvid population has remained fairly stable in both areas as well, although I saw some dead crows at Riverdale Park a couple of years ago.
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Ed Stonick <edstonick@...
To: BRUCE DEUEL <bdeuel@...
Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Re: [CALBIRDS] Western Scrub Jay populations in California
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:20:59 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Where I live and bird (Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley) crow populations really plummeted a few years ago and are just now coming back. Jay populations were quite low as well. Now I'm seeing them again near my home and where I work (South Pasadena).
House Finch populations also seemed quite low for a few years. I don't know if they were affected as much by West Nile or some other disease. Two weeks ago at Santa Fe Dam, I saw a flock of 50-60, which is the biggest number I can remember in at least five years.
>From: BRUCE DEUEL <bdeuel@...>
>Sent: Mar 10, 2009 9:13 AM
>Cc: LACoBirds@yahoogroups.com, CALBirds@yahoogroups.com, OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Western Scrub Jay populations in California
>Others can confirm this, but it's my understanding that Western Scrub-jays
>are one of the species most susceptible to West Nile Virus.
>On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 9:38 PM, john small <joutandabout@...> wrote:
>> Very good evening birders. I have what I believe to an important question.
>> I live in the Torrance area. And I have not seen a Western Scrub Jay in my
>> area in over a couple of years. Have any California birders also noticed
>> declines of Scrub Jays in their area? This
>> could be a topic of serious concern.
>> Good Birding
>> John Small
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