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Jay at the feeding place

Usually this bird rarely comes within shooting range. When it comes to winter feeding, it can also be seen from a shorter distance: the Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius). The most colorful raven bird in our latitudes. Usually it is a cautious fellow which is only occasionally seen up close. You can hear its voice there quite often, and its “rattling” convincingly tells us his relationship to the Real Crows (Corvinae). The Jays (Garrulinae) are generally more colorful and varied in color. The non-ornithologist will be surprised that both groups are included in the songbirds. And yet the Eurasian Jay is not untalented as a singer and can even imitate other species of birds.

When it comes to food choices, the Eurasian Jays are quite versatile. In spring and summer they do not shrink from eating young birds and clutches. In autumn and winter, on the other hand, it is berries, nuts and seeds that disappear into the robust beak of this omnivore. In any case, the Eurasian Jay enjoys it in front of my camera. It is possible that the bird has also filled its crop sack with nuts in order to then bury them for later consumption. Because the jay is a master at keeping stocks. It also likes to help himself from his fellow species.

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