I recently blogged about the frequent sightings of jays we’ve been having around the reserve. Well they’ve been spotted again and it looks like they’re nesting.
A pair were spotted pursuing a crow through the woods behind the peregrine watch site. We kept track of them as they dipped from tree to tree and saw they were hanging around one tree in particular.
On closer inspection, a nest was spotted resting on a branch where it joined the trunk.
Peregrine Protection Officer and resident bird expert Tom, positively identified it as being a nest from the corvid family, which jays are a member of. He also commented that because the nest is quite small, it is more likely to belong to a jay as they are one of the smallest corvids.
Hopefully the high pitched squawks of baby jays will be echoing through the woodland soon.
Keeping fingers crossed,
Rhian – Seasonal Ranger