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Author Topic: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.  (Read 889 times)

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National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« on: November 19, 2016, 04:27:57 AM »
Recently announced is the national bird of Canada. Apparently there was a survey, the poplar vote was for the loon. But no, it wasn't to be (I'm tired of the loon frankly, it's make a joke of the dollar). No, it is the grey jay (grey is the Canadian spelling of the word). Anyone who has ever spent time at a remote cabin, worked or hunted in the spruce woods away from settlement has seen the grey jay and has probably fed them some bread, sometimes by hand. Thinning in the woods in the fall, we see them placing mushrooms in the fir bows for winter food we presume.

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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2016, 05:18:40 AM »
Hey, at least your National bird can fly  :D

NZ air force has to put up with having a flightless national bird painted on all their planes   :-\ :D
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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2016, 09:50:45 AM »
Otherwise known as the "whiskey jack", "camp thief", and many other names...........  I only learned of it's proper name when I was in my mid twenties. It's as fitting a bird as any for us.
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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2016, 12:23:30 PM »
Hey, at least your National bird can fly  :D

NZ air force has to put up with having a flightless national bird painted on all their planes   :-\ :D
Now that is funny but a little worrisome just the same. If the plane refuses to fly do they just shrug their shoulders? ;D The whiskeyjack is an entertaining little fellow but most urban dwellers wouldn't recognize one if they tripped over it. The loon is much more recognizable and at least to me represents the country.
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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2016, 02:13:50 PM »
The Whiskey Jack (common name) Is not yet the "official" national bird BUT the Candian Geographic Society has launched a campaign to have our government designate the Bird as such in the coming year.  http://nationalbird.canadiangeographic.ca/

There is good support for it generally.

As far as the Term Loonie mocking the Canadian buck ($)???
The loon is a very elegant and remarkable bird. A far more appropriate symbol for the Canadian Buck than the face of some forgotten (or should be) politician.   
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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2016, 06:07:01 PM »
   We saw lots of them in Glacier and Yellowstone Nat'l parks last year at my daughter's wedding. They were pretty aggressive about stealing food off the table but we had fun watching them.
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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2016, 06:08:38 PM »
I have spent some time with the grey Jay's up at a friends camp in northern Maine.  I was amazed how friendly they were when I first saw them. My buddy's father called them gorbeys. He said to treat them well as each one had the soul of a woodsman who was no longer with us.  I think they ate more of my lunch up in the tree stand than I did. I think they will make fine ambassadors of your country.

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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2016, 02:15:59 PM »
When I was stationed in Alaska, lots of people referred to them as "Camp Robbers"
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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2016, 03:24:45 PM »
I have spent some time with the grey Jay's up at a friends camp in northern Maine.  I was amazed how friendly they were when I first saw them. My buddy's father called them gorbeys. He said to treat them well as each one had the soul of a woodsman who was no longer with us.  I think they ate more of my lunch up in the tree stand than I did. I think they will make fine ambassadors of your country.
Us Canadians are a little shocked that the Canada Goose did not win given that elections are generally 'bought' and that it makes more 'deposits' than most, however given the above note I suppose its not a bad choice. We are friendly up here and although most Toronto city folk would not know a woodsman (or a Grey Jay) if they saw one I would not mind coming back as a fun loving lunch thief. Sorry to be political but I am not sure if your national bird should be an Eagle, a Hawk or a Turkey vulture!  ;D

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Re: National bird for Canada..........nope, not the loon.
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2016, 04:34:50 PM »
I have had the opportunity to feed a grey jay from my hand.  They are a common bird around logging operations.   They may not have won the popular vote but got enough electoral college votes to win the nomination I guess
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