The Corvidae family--jays, crows, ravens, magpies--are fast becoming one of my favorite bird families. Each time I get acquainted with a new species, I am enamored.
I encountered my first Gray Jay in Alaska, in 2012, on the campus of the Denali National Park Visitor's Center. Several were scavanging for crumbs around the side walk near where I waited for transportation--a day-making sighting on my last day in the park.
Gray Jays feed primarily on arthropods, berries, carrion, nestling birds and fungi, such as mushrooms, but they quickly learn to recognize and seek out novel foods, like cheese, raisins, and bread. They cache food by coating the food with copious amounts of saliva produced by their large salivary glands.
Blue Sky Dog Kennels.
More about Blue Sky and my journey to Churchill to see Polar Bears coming up!
Gray Jay at Cornell
Florida Scrub Jay