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- I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!
25 January, 2011
Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Very much a bird of woodland it is not often you see them out in the open like this. The Jay is not an uncommon bird nationally but I don't seem to encounter them down here in Dorset that often. They are certainly about but they seem less frequent than elsewhere but then, apart from the Wareham/Puddletown Forest area, I suppose we do not have that much suitable woodland in the Purbeck area.
Jays are well known for two things. Firstly, they like to roll around in Wood Ants nests to get the acid ants spit onto their feathers. They are also great hoarders of nuts in the autumn to tide them over until spring comes.
Good to look at but aggressive, bad tempered birds in general!