OK, I was baffled by this bird for a while then bingo, the lights lit, a recently fledged Canada Jay. The Canada Jay is a common and widespread denizen of our woodlands, usually boreal or subalpine forests. It is one of the earliest nesting birds having stashed food during the fall for use through the winter. It is almost exclusively a Canadian bird with some ranging south into the United States, especially into the Coastal and Rocky Mountains. It is non migratory and maintains a territory year round.
It is a relatively tame bird and will eat out of your hand like a giant chickadee if that's your thing and you have enough patience. However, It's best to let them forage in their own way. please!!
Juvenile Canada Jay
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