All birders have nemesis species . . . the bird that you just can’t get no matter how many times you try.
Ours is the Gray Jay a social bird of the Boreal Forests.
Skiers at Sugarloaf and other northern New England resorts see this bird all the time . . . but we don’t ski and the Gray Jay is never around when we try to find it.
Ingrid’s daughter Marita and her boyfriend John are avid hikers in New Hampshire and Vermont and regularly taunt us with photos of Gray Jays they encounter (above . . . taken today).
While writing this post I discovered that the Gray Jay’s name has been changed to Canada Jay. https://www.audubon.org/news/the-gray-jay-will-officially-be-called-canada-jay-again