We live near the center of Fort St John. Our front yard has several large spruce trees, a mountain ash and an ornamental crab. Over the years we have had a fairly regular resident population of small birds such as chickadees and sparrows. in the spring and fall we usually have a visit from apparently migrating jays. They gorge on mountain ash berries in fall and clean up the crab apples in spring. They tend to swarm, so it's been impossible to get any clear photos.
This year however, some have remained and I've been able to get a better look a them.
The males are brownish grey with a black mask, yellow tips on their tails, with yellow and red under the wings.
I've been searching the available data but have been unable to identify them. They are smaller than a bluejay but larger than a sparrrow, about the size of a very large robin.
We would really appreciate any help this forum can lend to identifying these birds.