"They're a gregarious little bird that I first discovered in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest," Bolint told The Dodo. "If I notice them hanging out nearby, then I usually try [to offer them something] ... in general, it's usually not advised to feed wild birds. But whenever I do, I make sure I'm feeding them nuts or seeds, instead of something unhealthy."
In this particular instance, the gray jay seemed uncertain but interested, so Bolint put a little seed in her hand, stood very still and looked the other way. "Maybe if I don't look, it'll land on my hand," she said.
And it seemed to do the trick; bird whispering, achieved!