Scientific: Garrulus glandarius
Cymraeg: Ysgrech Y Coed
A widespread resident breeder in woodlands throughout the county.
Maximum aggregation from WAS count, 8, Cilycwm area, 27 January.
Due to failure of the year`s oak acorn crop fewer than normal seen in the North and no eruption noted as in other parts of S.Britain, (including Pembrokeshire), except for a flock of 8, Caeo, 26 November.
c20 near Whitland, 3 January, the only sizeable aggregate seen following the large eruption of Jays which appeared on the South and E coast of England, in October 1983. Breeding population of c4 pairs Gwenffrwd/Dinas Reserves, possibly supplemented by influx of continental birds
Evidently, the dense hedgerows and small woodlands of the lower Gwendraeth Valley favour this species, as 6 breeding territories were established on 265 hectares of land at Pinged.
The only count received was of 11 at Milo on 31st January.
Fewer than 10 pairs bred on the Gwenffrwd/Dinas Reserve.
The only notable count was of 7 at Llyn Brianne on 13th March.
There was an unusual sighting of 2, far from mature woodland, at Penclacwydd on 6th November.
At Penclacwydd, where it is uncommon, there were 2 between 11th September and 31st December.
Uncommon at Penclacwydd, 2 were there most of the year.
5 at Pwllau, Taliaris on 30th March. ‘…On 10/4 4 were present. 2 of them mewing very loudly like Buzzards and also mimicking heron and fox…’. Bred for the first time at Penclacwydd, 2 young fledged.
Bred at Penclacwydd for the first time where a bird was noted visiting peanut feeders.
Bred at Penclacwydd for the second year in succession.
25 Cynnant, Cynghordy September 1st is of note.
Evidence of Jays predating Great Tits in nest boxes at Rhydcymerau May 31st and 35 in the valley around Cynghordy August 26th.