The Washington Gap Analysis Project created breeding bird maps only. The non-breeding birds (e.g., wintering, pelagic (coastal), and birds expanding their ranges) are represented only by NatureMapping sightings.
Note: The Washington Gap Analysis Project could not find any historical research records (i.e., Breeding Bird Atlas, Breeding Bird Survey, Bird Banding and Recovery) for 73 species of birds. The Pinyon Jay is one of the species.
NatureMapping observations reported by townships throughout the year.
The Pinyon Jay occurs year-around in Oregon, southern Montana and south through Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nevada and southeast California. It generally is seen in large flocks and nests in loose colonies. According to the Audubon Society, this species "quite numerous" in Washington in oak openings at Fort Simcoe in June 1881. The only other Washington State Audubon sighting was a small flock near Goldendale in April 1967 (one bird collected).Text edited by Gussie Litwer