National contest is for the birds

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Photo: Sandra and Frank Horvath courtesy of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Meet Canada’s newly elected national bird: the grey jay, aka the whisky jack. 

For the first time ever, a cardinal became a frequent visitor in our backyard this summer, and he still occasionally stops by, announcing his presence with his trademark whoop-and-chirp call, one of four distinct tunes in his repertoire. Even his mottle-plumed missus shows up now and then to keep a keen eye on her flashy scarlet mate - we call him Cyprien, which is a little inside joke.