The Eurasian jay is on of my favourite woodland birds, highly intelligent with lots of character but it is very shy and nervous, which makes i difficult to gat images off. It’s a member of the crow family
Its usual call is the alarm call, which is a harsh, rasping screech, and is used upon sighting various predatory animals, but the jay is well known for its mimicry, often sounding so like a different species that it is virtually impossible to distinguish its true identity unless the jay is seen. It will even imitate the sound of the bird it is attacking, such as a tawny owl, which it does mercilessly if attacking during the day. However, the jay is a potential prey item for owls at night and other birds of prey such as goshawks and peregrines during the day.