May 15th, 2009, 11:39 PM
Bird ID Please!
Holywood, N Ireland close to Belfast Lough but in a wooded residential area I noticed the bird in the attached photo. It was more reddish brown than the photo shows, and I think there were white and blue under belly / tail markings as hinted at in the second photo. It was clearly an intruder as the resident blackbird, even though a good bit smaller, went straight for it in a very aggressive way, quickly chasing it off the territory.
I have tried looking through books, etc. but had no success.
Thanks for your help.
Last edited by dpaddym; May 15th, 2009 at 11:46 PM.
Reason: Adding a 2nd Photo
May 15th, 2009, 11:59 PM
Your bird is a Eurasian Jay.
P.S. Welcome to the forum.
May 16th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Thanks Sue. It was (as is unfortunately too often the case) a wet and miserable day here in Holywood, and my pocket digital camera at full zoom did little justice to what appears to a bright colourful bird, albeit looking somewhat bedraggled. Having looked up my Collins "Complete Irish Wildlife" guide book it appears to be "scarce and generally local in Ireland" - cetainly my wife and I don't think we have ever seen one before, and certainly not on the back fence. There are several mature beech trees and a big oak in the garden, so with a liking for acorns and beech nuts we may hopefully get a return visit, though if my friend Mr. Blackbird has anything to do with it it may be a lengthy wait.
May 20th, 2009, 06:45 AM
Hi dpaddym your resident blackbird has had more contact with Jays than yourself they are notourious egg thieves which was probably why it was attacked so vigoursly.