Whiskey Jack, the Camp Robber , Screen Print, 14" X 14", 2021
The Gray Jay is my favorite bird. I love its unobtrusive look, scruffy, comfortable. It's not a showboat. Even its call is relatively quiet. Yet this is a bird of substance. It's daring and smart and will confidentally fly into a campsite and explore, sometimes stealing food right before your eyes. The bird has many names: Moosebird, Whiskey Jack, Whisker Jack, Camp Robber, Gray Jay, Canada Jay, Gwiingwiishi. Canada Jays survive bitter winters by caching food, as many as a thousand secret locations and remember them.