18th December 2014

I noted earlier in the year how we had no Acorns on the Oak this year. I have found an article from the Independent saying that the same is true across many parts of the country. The good news for birdwatching is that this should bring Jays into the garden more, to find food, this winter. These beautiful members of the Crow family will be joined by migrant Jays from Scandinavia, also searching for food. They will eat fat, seeds, and peanuts from bird-tables or left on the ground as was this one, venturing really close, the other day. They couldn’t look more different from the usual black of the Crow (Corvid) family, with their minky-pink, white and black, with electric-blue flashes on their wings. Conditions: Light drizzle, low cloud and strong breezes, on a very mild day. Temperature: Max 12- Min 6c.

Jays have a great moustache, as well as the striking wing-markings

Jays have a great moustache, as well as the striking wing-markings

A Jay ventures cautiously nearer, looking for food.

A Jay ventures cautiously nearer, looking for food.

The Jays head-markings are easy to see this close

The Jays head-markings are easy to see this close

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