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Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) User: Brian  (See all photos - 984)
Canada (Ontario) Algonquin Park
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Date: March 22, 2018
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· Date: March 23, 2018 · Views: 56
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Chris

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March 24, 2018 01:56

We’re they coming to the hand to get fed? Is it Canada’s official bird yet?
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March 24, 2018 06:12

I could have fed them if I'd brought any food but of course it was in the car. They are not fussy about seed but they love peanuts and dried cranberries. As for Canada's national bird, we aren't going to have one. That was the comment from federal officials after the proposal was put forward. But on the bright side, we'll hear in the summer if a formal request to change the name back to Canada Jay is accepted by the ornithologists.
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March 24, 2018 16:49

That would be a better name as opposed to the current rather bland name. Too bad about the designation
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March 24, 2018 17:12

In 1957 the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) arbitrarily changed the name from Canada Jay to Gray Jay. At the time Canadian ornithologists, while disappointed, did not protest. A formal request to change it back to Canada Jay has been submitted by a friend of mine. Hopefully his request will be acted on. One way or another we'll know this summer.
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lou_dav
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March 25, 2018 01:16

Let's hope for the best. I haven't seen one in a couple of years. I used to see them at Whistler Mountain while in the lift lines.
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Brian
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March 25, 2018 06:01

It sure would be nice.
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