Friday, 12 May 2017

This Jay thinks it is a Blue Tit

The Jay that is a regular visitor to my garden has been displaying some very strange behaviour. He (or she) grabbed a fully-grown sparrow and carried it off last week (he thinks he’s a sparrowhawk) and on several mornings I’ve now seen him eating off the nut feeder.
Jays will take nut chippings put on the bird table in winter and I’ve also seen them bashing at the nut feeder to knock some bits out before swooping onto the lawn to get them.
We have a nut feeder that’s shaped like a ball and made from woven wire. This Jay has been coming to the feeder, grabbing on and hanging upside down to take nuts - just like a blue tit or a great tit. It’s quite comical seeing a large bird like a Jay behaving like a blue tit.
Also the lid has been prised off the feeder several times and I’m wondering if the jay (or a Jackdaw) has worked out a quick way to empty it.
Corvids are clever birds and will adapt their behaviour, so it’s interesting to observe them solving problems and finding new food sources.