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Return of the Jay


Return of the Jay

Maybe not the best pose but I was pleased to get a photo! There are 4 blackbirds, two great tits and the jay currently playing in the garden!



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Lovely photo of the Jay. Don't see many of them about these days. They are usually around on the edges of woods. Great little characters.

24 Nov, 2012

 

Now that's a most excellent capture!!

24 Nov, 2012

 

Yippee!

24 Nov, 2012

 

Amazing colouring he has.

24 Nov, 2012

 

Isn't it just lovely to see?

24 Nov, 2012

 

Beautiful photo Sticki

24 Nov, 2012

 

Wonderful pic Stickie...:>)

24 Nov, 2012

 

its clearly a stuffed Jay ST, they are impossible to photograph that clearly. I bet your local museum is scratching their heads looking at an empty display case right now !! ( sniggers ;-)

24 Nov, 2012

 

What a fabulous picture Sticki!!

24 Nov, 2012

 

many thanks everyone! you are very kind, especially bampy ~ what do you mean museum??? i think i am an exhibit in one of those these days!!!

the secret seemed to be peanuts, on a flat dish, ~ he came back loads of times so i spent most of the morning trying to get a photo!

24 Nov, 2012

 

Is it related to the one that wound us up here at the cottage? by being so elusive!

24 Nov, 2012

 

first cousin i think lulu!!??

24 Nov, 2012

amy
Amy
 

Beautiful photo Sticki, Lucky you , we've never had one in our garden !

24 Nov, 2012

 

Great! We see loads of Jays flying around here, but none as close as this!

25 Nov, 2012

 

Thanks Amy, there is a small oak wood behind our house and I think that's where they like living, also the Lickey hills are only a couple of miles away and there are several living there.
Thanks Nariz, I think he was around 4 to 5 foot from the kitchen door where I was taking the photo from!

25 Nov, 2012

 

smashing pic!

25 Nov, 2012

 

Lovely photo, Sticki - I think Jays are so attractive. I see one very rarely. We used to see them quite often when I was a child in Surrey.

25 Nov, 2012

 

thanks fran and melchi, i have to say they look more beautiful than they sound:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/j/jay/index.aspx

magpies and jays seem to argue and scream at each other!

25 Nov, 2012

 

Lovely picture - our house is called 'Jay's Nest!'

:-)

25 Nov, 2012

 

That's a lovely name wildrose, do you get jays too? Or do you have the initial J in your name?!

25 Nov, 2012

 

great picture sticki , try this , get a log or piece of timber ,drill in holes the size of peanuts about half inch deep ,then place the peanuts in them ,my woodpeckers & jays love rooting them out ,it also annoys the squirrels too ha ha it keeps the birds in the garden longer ,other than picking up the peanuts & flying off with them cheers pete

26 Nov, 2012

 

Oh thanks Pete, that sounds like a lot of fun.

I wondered if the jay preferred a stable base to feed on? So I would have to work out a way of making the log stable on the feeding station/pole?

26 Nov, 2012

 

great idea, Pete!

do you have any pics, or a how-to blog? sure that'd go down very well indeed.

lol do we have a GoY star for bright ideas?

26 Nov, 2012

 

Sticki - a family who lived here in the 60's all had the initial 'J' as a Christian name!

27 Nov, 2012

 

Ah that explains it! very clever name!

i could technically call this house 'The Pod' as in two Ps in a
pod but we're not exactly alike so maybe not!!

27 Nov, 2012

 

lol "I-Pod" - cos "I" live there?

28 Nov, 2012

 

:-)) nice one fran!

28 Nov, 2012

 

What a lovely picture - wish we had them in our garden! We have 2 magpies (one with a broken leg & hops about) coming to the garden at the moment & a Great spotted Woodpecker, besides the 'run of the mill' lot!!!

30 Nov, 2012

 

thanks shirl, i would love to see a woodpecker here, there is one not far away but he never comes in the garden. i have just seen a tree full of wax wings though ~ 15 or 20 of them about 6 miles from here!

30 Nov, 2012

 

I'm so jealous, never had one in my garden, but there is at least one pair where I walk the dogs. The noise they make is amazingly loud for such shy creatures. Waxwings too eh?.....I've never seen one except in books:-)

1 Dec, 2012

 

terrible noise, i agree BA! and magpies arent much better, added to that there are the squirrels who grumble away chattering crossly if something upsets them!

Yes waxwings ~ i had only seen them in books and karensusans photos last year!

1 Dec, 2012

 

I must find out more about Jays as I heard on the radio a while back that they were persecuted almost to extinction and I'd like to know why:-)

1 Dec, 2012

 

perhaps someone didnt like their raucous cries?

the magpies and the crows seem to threaten them a bit and if the squirrel is in the garden he will chase the jay off the bird table too!

2 Dec, 2012

 

I'm sure I read somewhere that at one time they used to be hunted for those lovely blue feathers to use as decoration on ladies' hats!! I wouldn't think they do that now though - I wonder if there is another reason!?

2 Dec, 2012

 

Amazingly there has been a pair in the garden this morning [jays, not ladies hats!!!] I counted as one of them ate 20 peanuts!!!!

2 Dec, 2012

 

Maybe they were persecuted by peanut farmers?:-) Shirl, that could be the answer. I know exotic birds such as birds of paradise were killed for their plumage and that trade has now stopped thankfully:-)

2 Dec, 2012

 

persecuted by squirrels here!

2 Dec, 2012

 

My sister is very excited to have seen waxwings in the garden for the first time, also in the car park at work. I don't think I've ever seen them, but she lives and works not far away, so here's hoping!

2 Dec, 2012

 

waxwings in lancashire and worcestershire ~ there must be more of them than i realised!

i saw the twitchers watching them again today but unfortunately was with husband who didnt want to stop for photos ~ might try tomorrow to go and get a photo myself if they are still there ~ i need to get onto twitcher news i think!!

2 Dec, 2012

 

Ooooh, look forward to seeing a pic:-)

3 Dec, 2012

 

Lovely shot.

I saw my first Jay in ages the other day!

3 Dec, 2012

 

Thanks meanie, perhaps they are getting bolder?

Sorry BA haven't managed a photo :-(

3 Dec, 2012

 

A great picture Sticki love his expression;0)

6 Dec, 2012

 

thanks PP, he looks quite studious doesnt he or perhaps he is a master chef judge and doesnt approve of the food!??

6 Dec, 2012

 

Lol He certainly is examing your offer cautiously lol

7 Dec, 2012

 

:-)

7 Dec, 2012

 

Is this a bluejay? (You refer to it as a 'jay'.) It looks much different from what I'm used to seeing :)

9 Dec, 2012

 

We just call them 'jays' floral head, I don't think we have blue jays?

10 Dec, 2012

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Jay

10 Dec, 2012

 

Thanks Fran!

10 Dec, 2012

 

Thanks Fran, going to look them up now!

10 Dec, 2012

 

we also call our bluejays 'jays' for short

10 Dec, 2012

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Jay

now this ^ looks more like the bird in your picture

both the links Fran posted are the same bird that I see here!

10 Dec, 2012

 

that is a fantastic photo because Jays are so shy

10 Dec, 2012

 

ah yes floralhead the one in your link looks the same!

thanks summerbreeze, he/she is shy but the peanuts are quite an attraction i think, the bird table is approximately 5 feet from the back door, so i just take photos through the glass, he seems to visit quite regularly

10 Dec, 2012

 

they startle quite easily it seems. I did see a video on youtube of a man who had them eating from his had though! the bird would fly up to him & snatch peanuts out of his hand, blink & you'd miss him for sure.

12 Dec, 2012

 

I cant imagine me being about to do that FH! but how amazing! yes this one startles very easily ~ movement, change of light etc!

12 Dec, 2012

 

me either, I wouldn't have the patience for it!
yes, I have to sneak up on my bluejays :)

12 Dec, 2012

 

Cracking shot Sticki...well done...:)

16 Dec, 2012

 

Those blue jays are beautiful floral head

Thanks BB, he/she visits nearly every day, wish I had a fast enough camera to get a shot as he lands, with his wings out!

16 Dec, 2012

 

could you take a movie of it, then pick out the best frame-s?

17 Dec, 2012

 

I have tried to take a video Fran, but sorry I don't know how to do the freeze frame thing, also the zoom on the video setting is nowhere near as good as on photo setting.

17 Dec, 2012

 

Windows Movie Maker can take stills from a video clip, once you've decided which still to use! There are possibly much better alternatives, but it does come free with Windows.

I keep forgetting I have video on my camera - at Brighton I was spinning round trying to capture the seagulls, it never occurred to me to take a vid and split it later. sigh.

17 Dec, 2012

 

oh, thanks fran, didnt know that!

17 Dec, 2012

 

mine's throwing a sulk at the moment: I've got couple of gb space, but it claims it doesn't have room to finish a vid clip of 300 mb. grr.

I found a site that listed free video editors: if i can find it again I'll put the link up.

18 Dec, 2012

 

thanks fran

18 Dec, 2012

 

can't find the exact link that I had before, but did a search and this link offers comarisons, one of which might suit

http://www.desktop-video-guide.com/top-5-free-video-editing-software-review.html

18 Dec, 2012

 

oh, ok, thanks again! will have a look at that

18 Dec, 2012

 

lol when you find the best, you can tell me - it'll probably be ages before I get round to it myself!

18 Dec, 2012

 

fantastic - beautiful birds - had our first in garden last week but chased off by magpie. Great picture

27 Dec, 2012

 

the magpies appear here too paul, and Im sure when they do appear the jay disappears! He/she also disappears when a squirrel appears!
thank you!

27 Dec, 2012



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