Saskatchewan’s Waylon Klix is at it again with a pair of ornithological wonders! Just one look at these two little birds make them instantly recognizable as a chickadee and a jay – and the two are indeed rather iconic birds in the field (or trees, perhaps?) of Canadian fauna. The use of sloping bricks in shaping the birds is excellent, and the colouring is spot on. And the beaks are completed to great effect, with the small chicakdee bill being a particular stand-out.
The black capped chickadee is no doubt iconic across Canada and much of North America, with the top of it’s head donned in black, as is the underside of it’s head, with white cheeks on the side of it’s face. Of course, it is the song filling the air wherever it flies that makes the bird most recognizable, leaving no doubt why the bird is called a chickadee once you hear it’s joyful tune. Although no doubt much of Canada is proud of this bird, as it is the most widespread bird across Canada, it is in fact the provincial bird of New Brunswick.
On the opposite end of the country at the Pacific ocean, British Columbia calls the Steller’s Jay as their provincial bird. The Steller’s Jay is found all across the western half of North America, spanning from Alaska all the way down to parts as far south as Nicaragua. Closely related to the Blue Jay, the Stellar’s Jay is slightly larger, has a more distinct black crest, and is named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller.