"I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you." ☉ #CJoybellC
This morning I'm heading north for my third time hiking the Pemi loop for three days, so here's a video from my first trip in October 2014.
I had dreamt of Bondcliff and heard about the Canada Jays. Less than five minites after summiting Mt. Bond, this Canada Jay was all over me. I'm the first person to discourage people from feeding wildlife (outside of designated sanctuaries for doing so), but these Jays have been fed at the mountain tops for many years now, and they are songbirds like those we keep birdfeeders at home for. Although they do come to humans for food, they still know to forage for themselves otherwise. The most I can say is that I hope that people choose to feed them the kinds of foods and seeds they need for their natural diet.
Some might call me a hypocrite. When a bird comes to you in the most magical place in New England, and you have granola in your hand, how can you not share? I was on the moon. 🌙🌄🐦 #wildlifewednesday
These Whiskey Jacks (also called Grey Jays and Canada Jays - never knew the Canada Jay name but hey the latin name suggests the same...Perisoreus canadensis) are abundant where my eldest and I were in the sub-alpine this past week. They have little fear...they will land in your hand or on your head...or on your pack hoping for a nut or two.
Whiskey jacks are curious and bold birds. Not smart enough to fall for a small piece of bark every now and again though!
Tamron 10-24 at 24mm
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76/150: The Grey Jay (P. canadensis) is a songbird from the Family Corvidae, also sometimes called the Canada Jay or Whiskey Jack, derived from the Indigenous name Wisakedjak. The Grey Jay is considered one of the smartest birds in the world along with other Corvids who display the ability to make tools and play complex social games even as youngsters. The Grey Jay uses its intelligence to hoard thousands of pieces of food throughout the summer so that it can last through the winter without migrating, proving it has an exceptional memory. The Grey Jay was also recently selected by Canadian Geographic as Canada’s national bird and though an unofficial title, the organization behind the magazine is now petitioning for the government of Canada to recognize its decision. The Grey Jay beat out the Loon and Snowy Owl among others due to its significance to Indigenous peoples as well as its reputation as a tough bird that stays in Canada year-round and nests as early as February. It was also chosen because it does not already hold a formal title in one of Canada’s provinces, unlike many of the other competitors. We think it’s great that the Grey Jay is finally getting some recognition, what do you think? #Canada150#Biodiversity150#GreyJay#CanadaJay#WhiskeyJack#bird#corvid#birdsofinstagram#CanadianGeographic#nationalbird#Canada
Introducing Canada's national bird, the Grey Jay (formerly the Canada Jay or Whiskey Jack). Don't be deceived by appearances, they may seem drab but are extremely intelligent and represent the country and her people better than any other species of bird. As a tribute to #canada150 I'm going to try to photograph a #greyjay in every province and territory in Canada. Yes, it may take a while.... This one was photographed today on our @eagleeyetours High Arctic and NWT trip, along the Ingraham Trail north of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. #projectgreyjay#canadajay#bringbackthecanadajay#grayjay#whiskeyjack#eagleeyetours#discovercanada#NWT
After over 18 years of looking at Mount Benson from the bottom; today Alan, our guide Jared and I (all Home Depot, Nanaimo employees) climbed to the top of the mountain. It isn't the nicest trail as there are lots of loose stones and it is fairly steep. Stopping for lunch at the top and at the cougar lookout it was a 6 hour 11 kilometre walk. The Whisky Jacks as always were gregarious and in search for handouts. It was cool and cloudy but we did get glimpses of Departure Bay. #whiskyjack#canadajay#greyjay#mountbenson#mountbensonhike#salishsea#nanaimo#explorenanaimo#explorevancouverisland