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Smarts and personality . . . and sadly, declining numbers

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Smarts and personality . . . and sadly, declining numbers

Whenever I am hiking in Algonquin Park., I always watch for gray jays. I love their gregarious nature and whenever I see one, I'm always left feeling like I've encountered it rather than simply observed it. Here is a little 9x12-inch oil painting that I created after one encounter with a gray jay— also known as a Canada Jay or a whiskeyjack.   Whiskeyjack  is an English corruption of the Algonquian name “Wisakedjack,” a kind of mischievous, trickster spirit in First Nation’s lore. If you’ve ever met a gray jay, you’ll understand why it has earned that name. They are...

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