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Whiskey Jacks

Whiskey Jacks
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5700
Exposure: f/3.5
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 20:51
Viewed: 3429
Points: 4
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I'd never seen these birds before this hike to Blue Lake in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. I was told there were Grey Jays, or Whiskey Jacks, also known as Camp Robbers or Canadian Jays.

I'd been to this lake just 3 weeks earlier and they weren't here, so I was surprised to see them. They practically took food right out of our hands, hence the "Camp Robbers" name I'm sure.

Being omnivorous, the Grey Jay feeds on meat, fruit, insects and various vegetable substances. They are attracted to campsites where they appropriate as much food as possible; with its saliva it glues meat, suet and/or hide into balls and hides it among pine needles. It lays 3-5 grey-green eggs in a solid bowl-like nest made of twigs and bark strips, lined with feathers and fur.

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Hi Lori,

I am not familiar with these birds either. Is this a male and female pair? It's nice capture. Thanks for sharing it. I'll have to keep my eyes open.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-02 23:13]

Hello Lori - good to see you tonight.
I do like the names - Whiskey Jacks and Camp Robbers. You must have been thrilled to see them, and to have them so friendly too. And fancy them storing their foods away - not many birds do that, do they?
It is a nice catch seeing the two of them together - well done

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