51 thoughts on “You Know What They Say

    1. Food 🙂 They are very curious, and quite habituated with hikers. All I needed to do was place a small nut in the plan of my hand and one of them would fly right down, perch on my finger tips, and eat it.

    1. Easy, stick out my hand with a peanut or small piece of my Clif Bar in my palm. They swoop right down and land. The pair of them actually came out of the trees at a trail junction like they were waiting for us. Can’t wait to see them again!

    1. All I had to do was show up and put out my hand. It was the coolest thing. I’ve seen quite a few other photos of these birds doing this with other hikers, but this was the first time for me. I’m not sure if all gray jays are this “friendly,” or just the ones that have been habituated with people. We were on Crawford Path, the oldest continually used mountain trail in America, so I’m sure these, and many others of the species, have encountered many hikers over the years.

      1. I would be SO TICKLED to have a bird land on my hand and then take a photo ! He looks so perfect I enlarged it to examine his perfection….ahem…. realness 🙂 Great photograph Jeff !

        1. The only thing disappointing about the experience is that the photos I got with my iPhone, of which this is one, came out better than the ones I tried with my DSLR. Trying to hand hold, with one hand, in the shade, and focus on the bird, is harder than you would think 😉

  1. I waited to comment because I wanted to hear how you made the shot – I was sure it was photoshopped Jeff! What a terrific experience – you definitely captured the moment to perfection! well done.

        1. Thank you. I love your new look, really motivates me to get over there and check out all the posts I’m behind on. Of course at the rate you’re going I’ll never catch up 😉

    1. You’re still a few birds up on me. The pair of gray jays I encountered are the only live birds I’ve had in my hands. One thing’s for sure, there really wasn’t much coaxing involved. As soon as they realized there might be some food in it for them all they wanted to do was land in my hand.

    1. Thank you! I’m planning on hiking this trail again very soon just so I can visit with the birds. I am hoping for more snow on top of the mountain too, but the birds are so much fun.

    1. Thanks! It was really cool, and they kept coming back for more treats, so we had plenty of opportunity for a photo. I am a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to hold my “real” camera steady enough with one hand to get a nice sharp photo, so my iPhone had to do.

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