Woods in Pollok Park, Glasgow.
Some kind of woodpecker?
Again, apologies for pic quality. The bird flies off when I try to get closer.
I agree, having looked at pics on google. The RSPB description also chimes with my experience 'They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover.'
Defo a Jay - you see pictures of them pink + bright blue flash - should be easy to spot - but no, they're actually amazingly camouflaged. Also they tend to be much more secretive than their nearest UK cousins - magpies. Call is a a very harsh sort of rasp - quite easy to identify once you know what it is.
Oh, and get a jay to eat out of your hand and we will all be gobsmacked - likely to be orders of magnitude more difficult than your latest crow mate.
> Jay .... Call is a a very harsh sort of rasp - quite easy to identify once you know what it is.
The Welsh name is "Sgrech y Coed" - the Screech in the Woods.
They also do a beautiful little musical burbling/chattering thing, very quiet compared to the racket they can otherwise make. I've only heard it once and was sure I was going to make a rare sighting, until I saw the bird sitting in a dense bush quietly burbling away to itself.