The Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) is a handsome bird with at least a few nicknames that should give you a hint about why they’re so awesome. Called “Whiskey Jack”, “Camp Robbers” and “Robber Jays”, these bold members of the crow family are well known amongst campers and hikers for behaviour like landing on people’s hands or heads to retrieve morsels of food. But that’s just the beginning. They’ll also take advantage of pretty much any food left unattended, be it on your lap, right beside you, or even in a car with open windows. Sneaky little guys. Then again, we love Goldfish crackers as well, so we can hardly blame them.
Photos by Livingston-At-Large and Tommy Unger