|Jay (Garrulus glandarius)|
Now, here are some facts about these lovely birds:
- Although they are the most colourful members of the crow family, jays are actually quite difficult to see as we discovered at the time the photo was taken.
- They are shy woodland birds which is also something that we discovered even though it let us get quite close to it and stayed around for a while.
- The high-pitched call usually lets you know a jay is about and it is usually given when a bird is on the move.
- Watch for a bird flying between the trees with its distinctive flash of white on the rump as this is one of the best ways to identify the bird.
- Jays are famous for their acorn feeding habits and in the autumn you may see them burying acorns for recovering later in the winter which is something I previously thought only squirrels did.
|A fantastic Jay fact from a sculpture on a walk way at Kew|
- I may have to do a post on these as they are brilliant
- The Jay is found across most of the UK, except northern Scotland. It lives in both deciduous and coniferous woodland, parks and mature gardens.
- It likes oak trees in autumn when there are plenty of acorns because of this, you often seen jays flying across a woodland glade giving its screeching call. It becomes more obvious in autumn when it may fly some distance in search of acorns.
- The Jay is an occasional visitor to many gardens, although some autumns see the arrival in southern England of Jays from the Continent as birds move in search of food.
- Its plumage is mainly pinky-brown in colour, black and white wings and a black tail. The wings have a bright blue flash and the face has a black moustache-like stripe.
Now here are some links to more information about these beautiful birds:
Hope you enjoyed,