Jay


The jay is a garden visitor that is most likely to be seen during the autumn. This is because every autumn the jay hoards and buries   acorns which it saves for reclaiming later in the year, over winter when food sources are scarce. Not every acorn buried by a jay gets reclaimed though, which means that this hoarding of acorns helps to widen the areas in which oak trees grow.

Jays are easily recognisable by the bright blue flash on their wings and their overall brown-pink plumage. They are of the crow family and are relatively similar in size to that of a rook. The wings have black tips, as does the tail and the face has a black stripe beneath either eye and behind the bill giving the impression of a moustache.

Being a member of the crow family, jays are happy to eat a wide variety of foods. They will eat carrion, the eggs of other birds and occasionally their young too. They will also happily eat peanuts, suet products and wild bird mixes.