Monday, 26 October 2009
Jays and Greys
Spent today at home but I was still able to capture some wildlife action in the back garden. Over the last week or so Grey Squirrels and Jays have been visiting on a fairly regular basis to feast on the peanuts I have been distributing around the garden for them to find. The grey squirrels are quite bold and are relatively easy to photograph but the jays are shy and only spend the minimum of time to grab some nuts and are then away again.
The jay is a very handsome member of the crow family and has pinkish body plumage with a bright blue patch on the wings and a black ' moustache '. For most of the year the jay is a secretive woodland bird that is more likely to be heard than seen. However in the autumn they look for supplies of food to see them through the winter months and the favourite is acorns. However they have recently moved into suburban gardens adjoining woodland areas and parks and cemeteries and will come to search out peanuts left for other garden birds. I have been fortunate in attracting a pair of jays to the garden and recently they have been visiting frequently and have given me lots of photo opportunities. Some of my efforts to capture these beautiful birds and the grey squirrels are shown above.