#844 Gray Jay at Ferd’s Bog

Today’s scheduled morning bird walk at Lake Durant finished much earlier than scheduled, so rather than head back to the cabin, Monica, Sandi, Janet, and I decided to try Ferd’s Bog again since we’d whiffed there yesterday on both Gray Jay and Boreal Chickadee, and it’s one of the best sites in the area for both those species.

Apparently this was the right choice. The problem yesterday may have been the excessively large group. We walked out to the end of the boardwalk and waited patiently for 20 or 30 minutes, and before too long the Gray Jays found us:

Gray Jay perched on twig

They’re really pretty birds, and appear to me to be as intelligent, social, and inquisitive as Blue Jays or other Corvids.

We never did find any Boreal Chickadees though. Maybe next year.

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