01 September, 2009

Grey Jay

Scientific Name: Perisoreus canadensis

Population Estimate: 16M

Range / Habitat: Year-round in boreal and sub-alpine forests throughout Canada and Alaska with some forays into the Great North Woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin, into Maine, and in the mountainous regions of the American West.

Field Notes: Large, grey bird with long tail and fuzzy black hood. Quite friendly. Only comparison bird is Clark's Nutcracker, which has a much more restricted range with flashy black (and white) on wings and tail.

Personal Notes: This bird is a hallmark of the Great North Woods for us. Richard even got one to land on his hand.

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