While setting up in the backyard bird blind to see what species I could photograph during the fall bird migration of 2011, this vibrant-colored blue jay [cyanocitta cristata] visited the bird bath and I was able to get quite a few shots. Pretty much every day, the large blue jays run other birds away from the bird bath when they are ready to drink or bathe by mimicking the call of the red-shouldered hawk. I’ve never seen any academic research on this, but I have witnessed it many times, so I know it to be true. (Click here or on the image to see a larger view.)
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