A Blue Jay Session of Hawk Calls

Several Blue Jays flew into the trees, and began to give loud and convincing imitations of the cries of both Red-tailed Hawk and Red-shouldered Hawk. They did this many times, first the Red-tail’s cry, and then switching to the Red-shoulder’s kee-yer, and I wondered why. It sounded as if one of them started it, and one or two others joined in, and they went back and forth, taking turns, practicing or competing or just having fun. I don’t know. But they really were pretty good.

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