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Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis


Gray Jays are stocky, fairly large songbirds with short, stout bills. They have round heads and long tails, with broad, rounded wings. Gray Jays are dark gray above and light gray below, with black on the back of the head forming a partial hood. Juveniles are grayish black overall, and usually show a pale gape at the base of the bill.


Pine forest near Santa Fe ski lodge.


It was around lunchtime when this jay flew over, landing at the top of a nearby tree. As I took the photo, I saw that it had something in its beak, but I couldn't quite tell what. Only after I zoomed in on its beak did I realize it had managed to snag two goldfish crackers from somewhere.

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New Mexico, USA

Spotted on Feb 23, 2014
Submitted on Mar 3, 2014

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