Jay – Garrulus glandarius

The Eurasian Jay is a colourful member of the crow family and is resident across most of Europe. Jays breed in various types of woodland but prefer oak, for its abundance of acorns.

We are lucky enough to have a reasonable number of these rather shy birds, breeding locally. This year they have taken to visiting our bird feeding station. The other day I set up a remote camera to record the goings on; below is a sequence of 2 visits & flights away, just click the play button to view the sequence.

Jays really are very cautious birds but its well worth trying to get them calm to your presence, their plumage is truly stunning. You’ll certainly hear that they’re about, with the loud grating alarm calls that they make!

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