Beware of bird!

Be warned. The Surprise Lake area is home to a small cluster of rare and highly timid gray jays. These reclusive creatures are terrified at the very sight of humans, and can behave unpredictably if they are startled.

The birds won't always understand your intentions. This jay somehow thought that Chelsea was depriving it of an important food source, in this case, her lunch. If you see these subtle and highly unpredictable creatures, make soft noises and back away slowly. Otherwise, you might be subjected to a sneaky, snack-grabbing aerial attack.

We were lucky this time. Both Chelsea and the bird survived the wild encounter.

gray jay bird

Caleb Jurgensen photo