Mar 01 2012
When I asked last Sunday if you’d seen any blue jays lately I had no idea it would be such a popular question.
Many of you commented on the blog right away. Then the National Audubon Society shared my question on Facebook on Tuesday morning and over 117 people weighed in. Comments came from Prince Edward Island and New Mexico, from South Dakota and Florida.
Most folks outside Pittsburgh said they’ve seen blue jays regularly this winter while Pittsburghers generally said “No.”
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I made two totally unscientific maps of the blue jay observations using the comments that gave a location.
The first map shows U.S. and Canadian responses. The second shows the many Pittsburgh area responses. Red means “No blue jays or fewer than usual.” Green means “Yes, we have blue jays.” Black means, “We don’t have them, but they don’t occur here.” (The black dot at coastal North Carolina is a place where there are few due to habitat.)
Here are the U.S and Canadian responses.
And here are responses from the Pittsburgh area:
Can you find your response on the map?
Mine is still a red dot despite the fact that a blue jay appeared for a few seconds outside my window at work yesterday.
I think he was taunting me.
(photo by Marcy Cunkelman. Blank maps from Wikimedia Commons with data points added by Kate St. John)