Jays are particularly active at the moment because the are caching food like acorns and other nuts for the lean winter months. Although they are shy birds, in urban situations they can get quite used to people so are far less shy than in open countryside.
One of our members, Hazy, has them practically eating out of her hand. Of course, a bribe of peanuts works wonders. Here's one that visits me.
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In reply to TeeJay:
my ears are burning TJ lol !! great pic of the Jay,
Hi Dave, so glad you got a close up view of the Jay in London, their numbers seem to be on the increase and although they are considered generally a shy woodland type bird they do get used to certain areas, especially if peanuts and other food is on offer ! We had three Jays arrive in the garden together this morning and although I didn't get a photo of them together, I did take one of the Jays on his own ...........
and with peanut as you saw !! I counted 19 being scoffed in one dining session today before flying off to his/her storeroom, probably caching them in some tree hollow for winter.
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In reply to HAZY:
Thanks for your replies and great photographs. Sorry I wasn't able to share my experience in pictures. As I said I'm not much of a twitcher, but I haven't lost the thrill of it - especially remembering as much as I do - though I'm sure relatively small compared to you chaps I must add.
Not wanting to go off topic, I recently moved into the country (on an old farm), so rather than expecting to see a Jay in the middle of London than in my garden, has made this experience much more endearing.
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