Rare jay spotted

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Rare jay spotted

  • Just now, in the smallish wildlife section of the garden I spotted a jay bird, feeding on seed maybe...we’ve no oaks. He’s been around for a few years now. Flapped off, bit like jackdaw in flight? But unmistakable. Makes up for the death of blackbird young, quiet well grown, speckled breast, cat victim I suspect.
  • Handsome birds aren't they. They are quite partial to whole peanuts and in the autumn you will often see them caching them in the lawn for later in the winter. Whether they ever find them again I don't know..

  • They often don't find them again. Jays will also cache acorns, but many of the ones that they aren't able to relocate end up germinating and sprouting new trees.

  • Perhaps should mention that loose whole peanuts should only be put out when there are not young birds about, the story being that small chicks like Blue Tits can choke on whole peanuts although feeding kibbled peanuts is alright at this time of year, apparently.