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Tracking Bands on Gray Jays in Algonquin Park

September 2, 2009

We were enjoying the quiet of the lake when they descended on our campsite all-together.

Banded Gray Jay - Algonquin Park 3

The exact coordinates of our campsite were 45.589433N by 78.7138W on August 28, 2009 @ 13:28 EDT.

I wrote around and finally got ahold of Justin Peter with Algonquin park… he writes:

Thanks for your message, which was forwarded to me for reply. These jays are part of Dan Strickland’s 30+ year study of gray jays along the Highway 60 Corridor. We are always interested in their whereabouts and social organization. But I can’t tell you much about these specific birds without knowing the combination of coloured bands. Can you please send images (< 300 kB) of the bands? Were all 5 birds together or were they seen in different groups? It would help to have that information also. I’ll await information from you.

Can’t wait for the update!

Banded Gray Jay - Algonquin Park


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