Mt. Laguna Pinyon Jays
I see nobody else has posted an update on the Pinyon Jays, so I will. There were several birders out today looking for them.
They were still there along the trails that start at the 19 mile marker. To the best of my knowledge they never made an appearance along the road, other than maybe a flyover.
After walking all over the place, Ter Hurst, Richard Griebe, Mark Stratton, Charlie Jackson and I saw what we think was about 250 of them in the area just before meadow, before the fence. This was a little before 11:00 a.m. This is going to be somewhat of a poor job explaining where they were, but I will try. They started out in the meadow area just past the ranch where the water trough is. Then they worked their way left (when looking out toward the meadow) until eventually they were on the other side of the trail that goes out to the meadow. I have no sense of direction up there, so don't want to use compass direction as I'll likely get it wrong. At one point they were at the trail Y junction closest to the area. They did not sit still at all. They spent most of the time foraging on the ground, sometimes a few found pine cones still in the trees. We watched them for quite some time, following them as they moved. They were often quiet today, calling every so often. It was quite a sight.
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