Fallen Jay

The autumn is really starting to feel like autumn now - chillier temperatures, the leaves starting to fall (particularly the Horse Chestnuts) and rapidly darkening evenings. Priest Hill this morning added to the season's hold, with the first large arrival/movement of Woodpigeons - at least 800 were present, including a single flock of 750. Although Meadow Pipits were not actively passing overhead, a flock of 60 had gathered on the meadows. Single Goldcrest, Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were other highlights. One sad event was the demise of this Jay (above), found on the roadside adjacent to the reserve entrance. This species holds a special place in my birding world, which you can read about here if you so wish.


Poor bird, it's sad to see something so vibrant have its life taken
Derek Faulkner said…
They are a spectacular looking bird and I have a soft spot for them because we rarely get one on Sheppey, but like all corvids they do have a nasty side to them.
Marc Heath said…
A bird I would so love to photograph well. I am still waiting!!
Steve Gale said…
My thoughts exactly Simon.
Steve Gale said…
I can forgive Jays practically anything Derek!
Steve Gale said…
You need to look up from the Odonata in that case Marc :-)
Derek Faulkner said…
I couldn't go that far Steve.

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