BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
Also known as "Camp Robbers" and "Whiskey Jacks," Gray Jays are commonly encountered at many popular destinations in the Cascade, Olympic, and Blue Mountains. Gray Jays are omnivorous, eating seeds, berries, insects, fungi, small rodents, eggs and nestlings of other birds, carrion, and campground handouts. With their sticky saliva, they store food in bark crevices (above the eventual snowline), and their excellent spatial memory allows them to collect their cache in winter.
Birding Site of the Week
Columbia NWR consists of shrub-steppe, where Loggerhead Shrikes and Western Meadowlarks can be viewed. Scan the riparian shrub habitats for Lazuli Buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, and Bullock's Orioles.