My friend the Whiskeyjack. Every winter I see these guys curiously coming over to see what we’re up to. In mid winter they are hungry. If you spot them being curious, stick your hand out with a couple seeds in it and stay dead still. They will land in your hand. The ones that have been fed before will land in your hand without any food, as was the case here. 🦅
Taken January 25, 2018
Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada
Always love seeing these friendly and curious little birds. A permanent resident of every province, they can be found throughout the year. After withstanding some real cold days, these two were enjoying a mild afternoon out in the foothills.
The last of my Whiskeyjack photos from December. Sitting on some patio furniture scoping out the dog food. Not the best photos just funny to see them on unnatural things/not nature backgrounds #whiskeyjack#grayjay#greyjay#canadajay#corvidae
wHiSkEy JaCk - wHats tHAt
I often encounter these friendly sweeties 🐦 on my hikes throughout Vancouver.Island, including this most recent one. That's why I decided to include them in this series.
▪ They are a passerine bird of the family Corvidae
▪ Also known by the name Gray Jay or Canadian Jay. The more popular (and fun) name is Whiskey Jack, derived from the Cree and Algonquin languages. The bird is called Wìsakedjàk in Algonquin or Wīhsakecāhkw in Cree
▪ It is found in boreal forests of North America north to the tree line, and in the Rocky Mountains subalpine zone south to New Mexico and Arizona
▪ They are monogamous, and pairs stay together on their territories year round
▪ Although considered a large songbird Whiskey Jacks, on average, weigh in at just 0.15 of a pound
What better bird to kick off my new Instagram page than Canada's unofficial official bird - the Gray Jay!
Some of you might remember a few years back, Canadian Geographic asked readers to vote in a National Bird species and we picked these cute northern wonders. Although they're not recognized by the federal government as our little national pal, they can be found in every single province and territory, so I think they deserve a special shoutout.
----- Birds like the Gray Jay are also helping humans study and observe climate change. Since these feathered buddies are so well adapted to the cold and barren northern conditions, with climate warming, their southern distributions are being affected. Maybe these cute little faces can help spark action to combat climate warming... #conservethewonder
One of my main hopes for my Algonquin trip was to see a Gray Jay and photograph it. After hiking Bat Lake and not seeing a single bird plus only seeing Bluejays at the visitor centre feeders, I got pretty discouraged I might not see one. Another visitor must have picked up on my disappointment and recommended we visit Lake Opeongo. As soon as we drove over we saw 5 or so birders with the big telephoto lenses and immediately knew we were in the right place. If you ever find yourself in Algonquin Park in the winter time, do yourself a favour and visit Lake Opeongo (don't forget to bring peanuts! Gray Jays are pretty brave and will eat right our of your hand!).