A Bird in Hand

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) in Algonquin Park, July 2012; Nikon D90 © SCPotter

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) in Algonquin Park, July 2012; Nikon D90 © SCPotter

Algonquin trails so green and deep,
Forest alive, its treasures keep,
Me holding camera ready snare,
For Grey Jay’s happy thankful stare.
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Today’s Tweetpoem.
Grey Jays are omnivorous and store food for the coming winter in bark crevices, under tufts of lichen, or among conifer needles. They quickly learn humans = food, and will take on bold behaviours when tempted. Wikipedia indicates they “cache thousands of food items every day during the summer for use the following winter”.

This particular guy must be a veteran of the Park, given his four leg bands. Perhaps a birder could comment on what the colours mean?

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Post #1: Owl at Mountsberg

Yesterday’s walk-about at the Mountsberg Conservation Area (Ontario) was a delight. I was with a small group of illustrators, artists and photographers…everyone of them enthusiastically embracing the beauty of Nature around us. The (tethered) owl photo was my best shot of the day. She had been hit by a car and now has a detached retina, but is well cared for by the Mountsberg staff. More images at www.sonsi.ca