Upon arriving near the summit I noticed a guy (Randy) looking in a spruce tree and I asked if he had the Jay. "Is that what this thing is?", he was hiking and while fairly knowledgeable on the common birds of our area, he was unfamiliar with Gray Jays. Notice Randy got a little more familiar with the species (below)!
Why take a measley nut when I can have the whole can!
I capped the can, the Jay came to my boot!
Then my hand!
Time for a drink of bottled water!
I also did some other birding today, I saw my first Iceland Gulls of the fall...an adult at Gardner High School this morning and a 1st year Iceland at the Crystal Lake roost in the evening. Gull numbers at the the evening roost on Crystal Lake continue to be high, last night there was approx. 2,250 birds on the lake, this evening just over 1,000....gulls continue to arrive after dark so this evening apparent decline may just be the birds arriving later. There was also an adult and 1st year Lesser Black-backed Gull tonight! The bulk of the gulls have been Herring (80%), Ring-billed(10%) , Great Black-backed (5%) and just a few rarer species. Though, GBBG may increase to occasionally 400-500.