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Monday, 6th November 2017

The Jay (Garrulus glandarius) is a medium–sized passerine bird and a member of the crow family (Corvidae). Its head has a black and white flecked crown, black moustache and white throat. Learn more...

Jays are a pinkish brown, and the underparts are paler. The rump is white, the tail is black. Its wings are black with white and blue patches. The colours are striking - they're a splendid looking bird.

Jays nest throughout most of the UK. During the spring, gatherings of Jays, known as ‘crow marriages’, take place to enable individuals to find a mate. They are secretive woodland birds. They live amongst deciduous and coniferous woodlands. But can be seen in towns and cities, parks and mature gardens.

The Jay has a harsh screeching call. It's happiest when it's emptying a peanut feeder or scoffing mealworms.

Away from the garden, they can be seen flying across woodland during autumn in search of acorns, most likely. These they they cache for later by hiding them in crevices or, burying them in the ground, ready for the winter. Will they ever find them again? Who knows!

As well as acorns, they search for other foods. Amongst the list: fruits, insects, small rodents, bats, newts, birds' eggs and even young birds. They are without doubt resourceful birds, and will take a wide range of foods.

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They will take peanuts like there is no tomorrow. Premium peanuts are one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to Jays. Add mealworms to the list and the Jay will be your new best friend forever. Peanuts are high in calories and oils, and consumed by many wild birds. Feed them from a peanut feeder all year round or bird table during autumn/winter.

Jays have a reputation for being greedy birds. If the cap fits! It's true. They can eat their own weight in peanuts. But they're such a handsome bird that that's a tiny price to pay for seeing one in the garden.

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"Jay" by
30 Jul 2021

I live in a 3 storey house and always put out food on middle floor window ledge. Got a real shock when I got my first Jay this week. I had to take a pic to send to my sister as I’d never seen one before! Beautiful bird

"Spotted First Jay Ever" by
15 Jul 2021

Today l spotted a Jay feeding at my feeder. Had to look up as l had never seen one before

"Jay Bird" by
25 May 2021

Thank you for identifying this JayBird. I started feeding while burns due to the loss of my dog during lockdown and started off with a simple feed station. Now I have ground feeders and able to attract blue tits house sparrows squirrels I also have a large pond and yesterday a blue Jay visited my garden I live near the town centre but do have access to small woodlands in between houses that have been developed on old allotments allotments.

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