This has got to be the most noisy small bird I’ve ever seen! He was perched on a treetop when we pulled up to look at a lake, and immediately started an amazing series of screeches! When that didn’t chase us away, he flew over and became very tame, hopping all over the car, roadway and the ground, and posing for a whole series of photos.We didn’t know what it was, but some local people were camping close by and told us the name. (Gray Jay) They were wrong! LOL it’s a Clark’s Nutcracker. They’re a fluffy medium sized bird, and apparently easily tamed, which I can believe, as this one seemed to have no fear at all. They have a very wide range, most of Canada and Alaska, and down into the Pacific coast and mountain states of the USA. They store their food all year round, so have no need to migrate.
Many thanks to Ted Busby for setting me straight, and drop by his beautiful site:
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Taken in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada,early September 2009, Sony DSCF828 camera.
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