Friendly Jays

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

The Gray Jays, or Canada Jays as they were formerly known, are exceedingly friendly at Crane Lake.

Canada Jay

Canada Jay

These saavy Jays have many nicknames, among them “Camp Robber”, “Timberjay”, “Lumberjack” and my favorite “Whiskeyjack”.

Gray Jay in hand

Gray Jay in hand

It’s interesting to note the different names for this familiar bird of the Boreal forest. The scientific name is Perisoreus canadensis, with the species part of the name meaning “of Canada”.  The Whiskeyjack name is thought to be a corruption of the Algonquin Indian name for the bird, “Wisakajack”. It was named as such by the Algonquins for a mischievous spirit of the forest who liked to play tricks on people.

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