Sunday, 26 May 2013

Jay in May

The Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
 
The Jay is common in coniferous and mixed woodlands. usually seen on feeding excursions moving from wood to wood, and is then recognised by the broad rounded wings and the laboured flight with rather irregular wingbeats. The white on rump and wings is conspicuous at closer range, and the blue wing panel will not be noticed then. The Jays call is a sudden hoarse shout, but also clucking, mewing and intense bubbling sounds can be heard.

38 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

sharp-eyed beauty! loved the water spigot shot! :)

Giga said...

Bardzo zdobią tego pięknego ptaka niebieskie piórka. Bardzo ładne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
We adorn this beautiful bird blue feathers. Very nice pictures. Yours.

Adam said...

awesome bird

S. Etole said...

What fascinating coloring with the touch of blue on the wings. Great photos.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely precious, I love it.

Teresa said...

Son muy lindas. Besitos.

ioan moldovan said...

Very interesting title! The little bird is very colorful!
A beautiful week!

Rita Vaselli said...

What a magnificent reportage, this animal has a very varied plumage!
I found sometimes blue feathers in my walks in the woods!
Dear Sonija is a great time to visit your garden!I learn something new,everytime!
Warm hugs,Rita.

Linda said...

Wow, beautiful bird! Your shots are great and I'm glad you show different angles.

susan said...

love the photos !!!!!!!!!

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
Yes indeed, bright eyed and wary birds, and the only way I can photograph these lovely birds is when I'm in my hide.

I'm so pleased you like the drinking shot, it's more fun than the others:)

Breathtaking said...

Giga
Thank you Giga:) I also love the blue feathers, it's a treat to see Jays hopping around my garden in the early morning.

Breathtaking said...

Adam
Your right Adam it really is awesome. It's quite a large powerful bird, and very striking with its blue feathers.

Breathtaking said...

S. Etole
Thank you Susan:) Even though I see a lot of these beautiful birds flying around the woodland where I live, and in the garden where they come to eat peanuts, each time is as though I'm seeing them for the first time as I marvel at their splendid plumage.

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell
Thank you Bob:) They are lovely looking birds, and I always feel privileged to see them every day.

Breathtaking said...

Teresa
Thank you Teresa:) I also think they are lovely.So pleased you like them.

Breathtaking said...

ioan moldovan
Hi Ioan:) Thinking of a title is always the fun part of my post:=)

It's quite a large bird, as it measures at least 36 cent Ioan.

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

Oh, wow, great pictures, Sonjia. It is not so easy to take pictures of the Jay. I didn't succeed till now. Compliments for your pictures. Greetings, Joke

Breathtaking said...

Rita Vaselli
Thank you Rita:=) I wish you could visit my garden in person, that would be really nice:=)

I sometimes find the blue feathers also, and have often thought they would make lovely quill pens.

Breathtaking said...

Linda
Thank you Linda:) They are impressive birds not only because of their lovely plumage but because they make a noisy entrance into my garden as though they own the place, and they frighten all the other birds away!

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Susan
Thank you Sue:) I would never be able to take these shots without my hide, which was last years birthday present from hubby.

Jerry said...

Thanks for these wonderful shots Sonija - I find it amazing how these beautiful birds so often go un-observed by my friends over here.

Breathtaking said...

Joke
Thank you Joke:)They are difficult to photograph, and I'm only able to photograph them from inside my hide. I took some this morning of a young Jay looking rather puzzled because he could hear the clicking of my camera, but could'nt understand where it was coming from:=)

Breathtaking said...

Jerry

I'm so pleased you like them Jerry, thank you:=) It would be a shame not to admire these wonderful birds, as even in flight and at a distance. they are still pretty impressive.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful jay.. This is one of my favourite birds.. Regards

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corelli
Hello Ana:)

It's also one of mine, and I'm lucky to see it every day!

Noushka said...

Hello Sonjia,
How nice to see you again on my blog, many thanks for your visits.
How strange you could not connect easily... I know there is a comment problem with Blogger and that Google is rearranging things to make them more accessible and I wonder if all this is related.
As I am no technician, I can only wait and see!
I have had a look at your last posts, you have also some great photos... Flowers, butterflies and birds!
This Jay is awesome, these don't come to my feeders in winter, and when I manage pics it's purely by chance!
I hope your weather is better than ours, here it rains heavily every day!!... :(
Cheers for now, keep well!

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

The blue trimming on the wing is an interesting feature. Your captured tthe bird beautifully. I wonder whether this is the same bird that is mentioned in the book, 'The Hunger Games'.

marijke said...

It took me 2 days to leave a comment on your blog but here I am telling you what a beautiful photo's you made of this bird. I have it in my garden too.
Have a wonderful day Sonija

Breathtaking said...

Noushka
Hi Noushka:)
I think the fault was a combo of my old computer behaving badly--- (have since bought a new one) and technical problems with Google. I can't count the times I got an OOPHS, not only on your blog but on many I follow.

Thank you for your lovely comment about my photos:)It's certainly not photography weather,it's gone really cold and is also raining here, and apparently it's going to be the coldest summer in 200years!!

We have to keep smiling with our cardigans on!!:=)




Breathtaking said...

Stiletto ElsiXie
Thank you Stiletto:) I am not familiar with the book you mentioned.Is it good?

Breathtaking said...

marijke
Thank you Marijke:)
I'm sorry you had so much trouble, but am pleased you finally could comment,.. please don't worry about it. We do seem to enjoy similar bird and plant life in our gardens.:=)

Enjoy your week!

Jana said...

someone really posed for you-great shots!!!

Breathtaking said...

Jana
Thank you Jana:=) I wait, hoping they will stop moving to listen to the click of the camera, and sometimes I get lucky:)

ShySongbird said...

Oh my! What absolutely gorgeous photos of your 'Jay in May', great title ;-) How lovely to see one so closely, I haven't seen one for a long time and have never caught one on camera at all.

The Marsh Fritillary is beautiful too, they are seen in England but not in my area at all. I also enjoyed the photos of your vine, it looked wonderful in the sun with the water droplets glistening on it.

Thank you so much for the very kind message you left me Sonjia. I am better than I was, after a nasty chest infection and the associated problems it always brings me, but am struggling to keep up with blogging in general and have also had intermittent broadband problems to add to my woes! Thank you again for caring :-)

Breathtaking said...

ShySongbird
Thank you so much, and how
lovely to see you again:=) I'm so pleased you are on the mend Jan. Flu leaves one feeling weary, and blogging can seem like an unsurmountable task rather than a pleasure.I have also been having some broadband problems, hope they get sorted out soon.
Take care:)

Sonia Aguiar said...

Querida Sonjia, te felicito por esta admirable serie de fotos de este precioso ave. Los colores son hermosos y me gusta especialmente la foto en la que el Jay bebe agua ¡es maravilloso!
Un cálido abrazo. Sonia.

Mary Brown said...

The birds brighten the day of those who live in the countryside. Forget the TV and the bad news. Excellent photos. Kisses

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