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Gray Jay

Perisoreus canadensis

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Gray Jay
Perisoreus canadensis Gray Jay


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Shilo Vinograd
Shilo Vinograd 9 years ago

Gordon!
Thanx for that..
one can really feel how it feels to be close to them and enjoying their company just from your stories.. :)
Hope i'll meet them cheeky birds again ..

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

These birds have always been welcomed around my campfire. Many times they have shared a log with me waiting patiently for a crumb of bagel to fall from a sandwich on which I was munching. On several occasions I've had them take a sandwich out of my hand when I was looking away. One morning, one even managed to take a bit of my oatmeal when I turned away from breakfast to reach for a water bottle. They seem absolutely fearless, even when found in deep wilderness where, arguably, they may never have seen a person. I often think that they must have made welcome company for lonely trappers and explorers snowbound in remote northern locations. They are tricksters, but I wouldn't give up their company despite the occasional pilfered food supplies. Wonderful, fascinating birds! Anyone who has seen one and experienced their inquisitive and intelligent personalities is a person whose life is enriched (or made hungrier....grin).

Shilo Vinograd
Shilo Vinograd 9 years ago

well thanks Y'all..
Gray jay, or the better one - a 'whisky jack'.. it is.
I've checked on the 'gnatcatchers' but he has a white eyeliner not like our Jay..

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 9 years ago

It seems out of the normal range but have you looked up the gnatcatchers?

envisionarySteve
envisionarySteve 9 years ago

Great spot and photo, Shilo! A handsome Gray Jay that be ... and sitting on a Birch tree, I believe. Well done.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

i forgot to add that I really like his cute little black beak!

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

looks petite compared to the regular blue jays!

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Definitely a gray (or grey) jay, also known as whisky jack, camp robber. This is a very cool bird. We find them here in northern Minnesota, but our populations of this bird is declining. I've enjoyed their company in the backcountry while wilderness canoeing.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

very unusual but pretty bird!

Shilo Vinograd
Spotted by
Shilo Vinograd

Alberta, Canada

Spotted on Oct 17, 2010
Submitted on Jun 30, 2011

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