I love the Jay, for all his size he's quite timid in gardens. I suppose he feels more comfortable in the woods. The reason he visits is to steal the squirrels peanuts. I haven't heard the squirrel complaining but he sure looks miserable when he finds the bowl empty. Now I know why he buries nuts in the lawn instead of eating them on the spot.
The Jay is not a garden bird, but we're not far from his normal habitat. My house is close to rivers, fields and woods so it's not uncommon to see a few strays. However, it makes me wonder why there is a need for woodland birds to visit gardens when food should be plentiful elsewhere. Or is it? Have we reached the stage where there is a shortage of food for our wildlife?
Many times I have ranted about the things we do to the environment; things like demolishing trees, getting rid of hedges (which affects the hedgehog), removing lawns in favour of slabbed drives (for our cars) or creating modern decking, and worst of all using weed and slug killer. And I wonder why birdlife is declining? The beautiful thrushes are on the way out ... yes, those thrushes that eat slugs!
But sticking with the birds, I am told that feeding birds is banned in Australia because putting food out stops them hunting in their natural habitat. It's an excellent idea but if we were to adopt it our birds would be completely extinct. So what do we do? Anybody got any thoughts on the matter?