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 food such as 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 quite timid. 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.

The jay occurs in all counties in Engladn and Wales but are less distributed in Scotland and Ireland. There are around 160,000 breeding paris in the UK. 

In the 19th Century ther jays bright blue wing feathers were a popular fashion accessory. 

Feeding Habits

Being a member of the crow family, jays are happy to eat a wide variety of foods such as peanuts, suet products and wild bird mixes.