A Shy and Retiring Jay
Unlike the raucous and highly visible Blue Jays, Western Scrub-Jays, and Steller’s Jays commonly seen throughout the U.S. and Canada, the large and colorful Eurasian Jays found all across Europe are shy birds that generally tend to stay well hidden in their preferred woodlands.
Birdcam footage from RSPB online shop on Vimeo.
Which is why this BirdCam 2.0 video of a Eurasian Jay (called simply a Jay in the U.K.) visiting a woodpile, recorded by our friends at the R.S.P.B.
in England, came as such a treat. While this bird is very likely searching for insects among the logs, Eurasian Jays are more commonly noted for their fondness for acorns, which they bury in the ground each autumn in order to retrieve them throughout the winter.