Blue Jay, On the Lookout
For a couple of years now, there has been a blue jay on our property with quite a unique skill: the ability to hawk call. He is so good at imitating another regular backyard resident — the red-shouldered hawk — that he is able to clear an area of other bird species within seconds, leaving him to enjoy the bird bath and feeder all to himself. We hear it all the time (and can tell the difference between him and a real hawk).
It is impressive.
You’ll hear this amazing jay vocalize the hawk at the beginning and middle of the track, then end with a traditional jay ‘yaak yaak‘ giving his family the ‘all clear.’
Finally. A nice soak, all to myself.
Who says birds aren’t smart?
State testing this week — please excuse my absence!
I feel a Blog Binge coming on.