Jays (are they coming back? where have they been?)

When I went to Primary school years ago there was a stuffed Jay in a glass case. For the first 40 years of my life this was the only Jay I had ever seen, then a few years ago I saw one on my back lawn. (It flew away before I could get a photo). Since then I’ve seen quite a few, but not managed to get a photo yet. Have they been rare or have I just not been looking in the right places? Admittedly I don’t go out looking too much nowadays, but am getting back into photography and birds provide such a great subject

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5 Oct, 2010
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robashfield said:

Hi laney,according to rspb,there isn't a problem with jays,they have a green status.I ,myself have not seen any,I think it is because we are not looking in the right places!!!! lol

5 Oct, 2010
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aster said:

They are quite elusive Laney,we have one which I managed to photograph-not too clearly,as it was burying an acorn in a planter.Over the recent years we have come across tiny acorn saplings in other pots in the spring which we assume have been 'planted' by a jay the previous autumn. Though we are surrounded by houses, I believe they travel a mile or so to bury their 'goodies' and we do have woodland within walking distance.

6 Oct, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Agree with Aster...we rarely see them around here either.....even though we live about 200 yards from woodland !

7 Oct, 2010
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jane said:

Often hear the distinctive call of Jays when walking by local river....but hardly ever seem them ! If you click on the AtoZ at the bottom of this page...two of our members have submitted photos of them !! The one on the roof is a cracker !

7 Oct, 2010
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aster said:

I've just uploaded the photo I mentioned above. You may feel a bit dizzy after looking at it though :))

7 Oct, 2010
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jane said:

Just off for a look Aster !

8 Oct, 2010
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laneydavis said:

I like the photo Aster. I need to try harder to spot one! We've got an oak at the bottom of the garden and I always get loads of saplings growing in pots - I've always blamed the squirrels as the little 'darlings' are always in the garden. Andy

10 Oct, 2010
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aster said:

Probably a few of both Andy :) Jays are like sparrow hawks,you look outside spot one and they disappear before you can grab your camera lol !

25 Oct, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

i have a small oak wood behind my house, there are jays living in it. at the moment they are screaming at each other on a daily basis. i saw one yesterday ~ floating through the trees but i have seen them in the garden. i gather they like oak woods.
sadly i have not managed to get a photo but will keep trying ~ im not quick enough!!

26 Oct, 2010
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laneydavis said:

Found them!!! I went for a walk down by the river and on the way I found a pair of Jays playing in the trees. I've seen them there twice now. Now I know where they are I'll try and get a better photo.

29 Oct, 2010
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jane said:

Glad you finally got your photos Laney....all your patience has paid off !!

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