Bird Wars

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15 Responses to Bird Wars

  1. Pathway says:

    Those obnoxious jays.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Is the other bird a falcon or hawk? It looks familiar but I can not ID.

    • Gail Combs says:

      The blue jays used to dive bomb our cat. (Who loved to hide under the strawberry plants.) Each time she would jump about 2 feet in the air to ‘try and catch them’ The jay would get bolder and bolder and closer and closer until OOPS, she jumped about six feet off the ground, the jay was under her and she had blue jay for lunch.

      Thanks to that cat WE got to eat our blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and lettuce instead of losing it to the various critters.

  2. KevinK says:

    The “other” bird is an American Kestrel, the smallest falcon found in the USA. Very widely distributed from the East Coast to the West Coast. Very frequently spotted on telephone wires if you know what to look for.

    About the same size as the Jay’s so the Jay’s can get away with some harassment of the falcons. But the falcons can easily “take” a fairly slow moving Jay while the the Jay is in flight.

    Also, interestingly enough, it is believed that the Kestrel can sense ultraviolet light and the urine of voles reflects UV light from the Sun. So it appears that Kestrel’s can “see” the urine trails left behind from one of their food sources, coincidence ?

    Kestrels, Merlin’s and Peregrine’s are the three Falcons found in the US. Related species are found worldwide.

    Cheers, KevinK.

  3. shempus says:

    jay better be careful. I watched a kestrel being dive bombed by a couple mockingbirds near my house and the kestrel would start a dive, the mockers folled and a couple times the falcon inverted with talons up towards the birds. After a bit he did it again, but none of the birds resurfaced for some time. I think he nabbed one, took it to the ground, and the others scattered.

    • RAH says:

      Mocking birds are very territorial around their nests. Love hearing them as long as they don’t nest outside my bedroom window. Buggers will sing their repertoire all damned night sometimes.

  4. KevinK says:

    My previous Wiki Reference was for the “Common Kestrel” which is the EU version….

    The Falcon captured in Tony’s excellent video is the “American Kestrel”.

    Obviously in nationalistic jab at the EU, Trump recently declared that we don’t need “your loser birds, we have our own Yuge birds”…. /sarc off

    A good reference;

    Kestrels can “hover” above a spot on the ground waiting for a mouse to expose itself.

    If you see a medium sized bird hovering above a field it is most likely a Kestrel.

    And Kestrel will take other birds, one of the old folk names for the Kestrel is “Sparrowhawk”.

    Cheers, Kevin

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