Land in the Sky: For the Birds

On a fine spring day up in the spruce-fir forest of a Catskill High Peak, I enjoyed watching and listening to a couple of gray jays. They were having a great time up there just singing their songs and flitting from bough to bough for the sheer joy of it. The official field guide, which is kinda like the police blotter for the avian world, describes this bird so: “Locally common in northern coniferous woods, becomes more tame at lumber camps.” Wild ideas are like that too: Locally common, becoming more tame at lumber camps. Especially lumber camps with healthy endowments.