These are one of my favourite birds, easily trained to come for food, they are a delight to hand feed. They don’t migrate and stay in their territory year round. They manage to do this by storing enough food in bark and crevices to be able to feed all winter. The young have an early start, hatching mid winter, hardy as can be, true Canadians. Canadian Geographic conducted a survey and found out that this bird was voted most suitable to be our national bird and it was nominated.
Saw three, captured two with my camera… driving along Grey Road 13 north of Heathcoate. I know there was one for several years on this stretch of road, and now there are three that I have seen. Frequently they are mistaken for Magpies!
When the Jay family fledges the nest everyone knows it! Sqwaaaaaak! They are a loud bunch, in these photos a fledgling has just left the nest with parents encouraging along the way. My parents country yard makes for a wonderful environment for them with mature trees blended into a meadow.
The friendliest of birds, often known the food theft!