Not many people know this - and I certainly didn't.  There is a collective noun for the Jay; in fact you have a choice of three !  So the Tills recently enjoyed the sight of a scold of Jays in their garden ..or a band or a party ! 

Doreen has kindly sent in two photos, and explains : 

"The first is of our frequent Great Spotted woodpecker visitor who enthralled us with his antics whilst feeding his son.

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The second really astounded us. We often have a male or female Jay visit us and were delighted when both appeared at the same time one day with a fledgling sitting on the fence. A few days later we could hardly believe our eyes when we were visited by FIVE Jays feeding off the floor with a Sixth on the bird table! How privileged were we?"

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