Anyone hiking through the woods of Europe is familiar with the alarm call of this busy body. His harsh rasping screach immediatly blows your cover. He is a master of mimicry. Often so exact that it is nearly imposible to distinguish its true identity until the jay is seen. . This bird occurs over a vast region and several distict racial species have evolved . They feed on a variety of small insects and nuts, nests in trees, laying 4 - 6 eggs and both parents care for the young
Tying with Eurasain Jay Feathers
The blue barred feathers from the wings of this wide ranging bird have been used by tiers of salmon flies since the nineteenth century.
Also, trout, lake, bass and seatrout flies use these feathers.
Used whole as sides or cheeks, they are also used for body hackles and throats on smaller classic salmon flies. Crafters will find many uses also for these feathers.
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