I find it ironic that one of our most colourful garden birds has a voice like fingers scraping down a blackboard. Soft-pink tones with azure-blue flashes to the wings, a tell-tale white rump and softly rounded wings in flight, Jays are unmistakable and without question the most colourful of our resident Corvids. The contrast with the harsh screeching alarm call that sounds like murder is being committed unseen deep within the woodland they habitually occupy mark Jays out as an odd mix.
Most of us may not be lucky enough to see them as a regular garden bird but early Autumn offers the best chance of catching sight or sound of one of these most secretive birds. Jays will spend much of their time in Autumn gathering and storing acorns. It has been estimated that an individual Jay may store up to 3000 acorns in a single month!