A Steller’s Jay in Lake Louise


On a snowy morning in Lake Louise, I found this Steller’s Jay up in the trees looking for breakfast along a trail that wound away from the water.  This one displayed the white markings around the eye which distinguish the Rocky Mountain subspecies from the other fifteen that are  present across North America.


I did not expect to see this type of bird there at this time of the year.  That said, they are regular denizens of parks, public areas and other places where trees and people happen to meet.  Some will migrate but it is irregular and, with the mild start to winter this year, it is not surprising that this one, and likely a few more, have chosen to stay in the area.



11 responses

  1. Hallo Christopher Martin, I am wish you a happy new year, Some month ago have found a nice owle on you page. This new picture from a Steller`s Jey is one of the only best bird-photographie I ever have saw. The blue and black Federkleid from this little Star looks like a coat for a opera-gala. Thanke you for all your pictures and stories!

    January 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

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  3. Kenny

    awesome shots

    December 5, 2016 at 6:04 am

  4. Excellent detail in the first one in particular and dreamy atmospheric surroundings. Are you getting requests for those Grey Jays?

    December 4, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    • Not yet! But I am happy with the selection of the Whisky Jack as our national bird. I’ve had wonderful encounters with pairs of them many times while hiking in Banff, Jasper and Kananaskis.

      December 8, 2016 at 7:22 am

  5. Absolutely stunning!

    December 4, 2016 at 7:37 am

  6. Gorgeous bird. What lovely shots – Lucky you to see it.

    December 3, 2016 at 7:25 pm

  7. I’ve seen them on the Louise ski hill in mid winter. and also at William Watson Lodge. We don’t have a lot of really colourful birds, so it’s always a pleasure to see that brilliant blue.

    December 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm

  8. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    December 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  9. Pretty bird!

    December 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

  10. bkcitta


    December 3, 2016 at 10:41 am

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