2021—O Canada jay

The Canada Jays at Sax-Zim Bog are deceptively adorable. In this photograph, the jay looks small. Canada jays are not small. They are the size of the California Scrub Jay, over 11 inches and just as gregarious and just as aggressive. But their sweet faces and shorter beaks make them appear less belligerent and more endearing. Don’t get me wrong. Scrub Jays are my favorite bird. If I lived near Canada Jay territory, I’m sure they’d quickly become one of my favorite birds, too. I certainly enjoyed photographing them last month.