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Scrub jays duke it out to see who’s the toughest jay

Scrub jays fighting. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Gary:
Here is a view from a fight as scrub jays have a knock down drag out battle …
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Dave:
Great photo! Male scrub jays are VERY territorial and I suspect that’s what’s going on. One male jay is trying to get the other male jay to move on and move on get off his turf. Of course jays never ask anything nicely. They just dive right into it. They’re pretty pushy. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Under: Jays, scrub jay | 5 Comments »

Scrub jay tells red-tailed hawk to “Get lost!”

Scrub jay harassing a red-tailed hawk. Photo by Lissa Heaton Severe, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
We have a red-tailed hawk nest in our neighborhood.  Every year they come back to lay eggs.  The babies are about 6 weeks old now, very cute! When I went out to take a picture of the mom at the top of the tree, I noticed a scrub jay flying around it, basically squawking and pestering it.  Why would a scrub jay take on a hawk?!?
Lissa Heaton Severe, Walnut Creek, California

Lissa:
It is the nature of small birds — jays and mockingbirds in particular — to kick up a BIG noisy fuss whenever they encounter a bird of prey. They are Nature’s alarm system that lets all the other birds know when a predator is in the area. They will also do the same when they see a cat, and sometimes a fox squirrel. Fox squirrels are known to rob bird nests, eating eggs and sometimes small chicks.

Jays and mockers are smaller and faster than hawks, so unless they get too close, or careless, they can pretty much jump up and down and scream their heads off and do what they want without getting caught. The hawks know this and will often just ignore them. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Under: Hawks, Jays, Mockingbird | No Comments »

Local wildlife: More beautiful photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Buckeye butterfly, photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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More photographs from our photographer friend Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of the many talented local photographers who regularly send me great photos of local wildlife. Enjoy!

If you have interesting wildlife photos you’d like to share, please e-mail copies to gbogue@bayareanewsgroup.com. Include photographer’s name, city where you live and any other interesting info. I’m sure others would like to see them. Thanks. /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Under: Butterflies, Jays, Wasps, Wildlife | 1 Comment »