Starlings mob the feeder, the frozen ground a wriggling iridescent, spotty mass.
But you hide your beauty, shy of being seen, hugging close to cover. Steering clear of the crowd searching the ground for a seed or two.
Behind the trellis, hidden on the log pile you find a patch of peanuts, and I find you and your flash of blue and dusky pink stark against the grey and white of fence and field.
Startled starlings startle you and the flash of blue takes flight, with a peanut or two.
This is the first time I’ve seen a Jay. The cold weather and frozen ground may have made it difficult for him to find food. The peanuts have been going down a treat and I’ve seen him a couple of times now.
I highly recommend putting out food for birds during a cold winter. It’s an easy way to observe wild birds and it helps them survive the cold weather. The RSPB have some great advice about helping birds.
You can also find out more information about Jays (Garrulous glandarius) on the RSPB website.