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The Cascades' dense forests of pine, spruce, and fir provide home to a variety of woodpeckers and also to many corvids, such as this Clark's Nutcracker. In the lower elevations, the delightful Pinyon Jay appeared in a large flock of 75 or more birds. (Photo by participant Pete Peterman.)
Canada Jay, formerly known as Gray Jay, was an especially popular bird with the group in the Cascades. The species' nickname "Camp Robber" hints at its relationship with humans and its bold, inquisitive nature. (Photo by participant Pete Peterman.)
Another beautiful western corvid, Steller's Jay can also be a thief at picnic tables. This juvenile still shows a bit of yellow at the gape flanges, indicating recent fledging. (Photo by participant Pete Peterman.)