Help identifying this local bird breed please

Hi,
I saw 2 of this type of bird this morning, at the DM road end of Thorpewood, at and near to Holy Trinity school. Can anyone tell me what it is? (To the right of the magpie in first photo). Sorry that the quality is not very good. Thanks for reading :wink:



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Looks like a Jay bird I think

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There are a couple that I saw hanging around Devonshire Road at the start of summer. Its a bit weird because they are traditionally woodland birds

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I agree, we have Jays in the garden quite often. They’re fantastic looking birds.

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They are fantastic looking birds, and we have them in our garden too (and yes, it is a Jay in the picture). However, they eat the chicks of other birds, and for that reason I’m not a fan. There were sparrows nesting in my next door neighbour’s roof a few years ago, and after weeks of feeding their chick day and night, it finally fledged. Only to be eaten by a jay! I was traumatised.

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Magpies do the same I think. Again they are beautifully coloured birds.

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Yep, I saw a magpie flying off with a screaming bird this week which it took to the ground. The magpie then had to drop it, but unfortunately for the taken bird that was because a fox was running towards it which promptly took the fledgling in it’s mouth and ran off.

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I know it’s nature, but it is so cruel…

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Thanks for that. I have only seen one twice before. Good to know :blush: