Jays are the most colourful of the crow family, but are shy, woodland birds which makes them difficult to see.  Jays have a screaming call.  They are found across most of the UK except for northern Scotland.

Jays are said to be famous for their acorn feeding habits and in the autumn they may be seen burying acorns for retrieving later in the winter.  They mainly eat acorns, nuts, seeds and insects, but also eat nestlings of other birds and small mammals.  

We’ve spotted jays at the allotment on the apple trees.