I have heard and seen Blue Jays mimic Mississippi Kites many times. Do not ID a MIKI by call alone outside of the expected season, and use caution with a single call during their season, just like you would with a Red-shouldered Hawk call. I also hear and see jays imitate Cooper's Hawks.
Little Rock, AR
> On October 3, 2018 at 4:38 PM Ragupathy Kannan <0000013b0ad14faf-dmarc-request...> wrote: > > > Bill, I cannot answer your query but I can tell you this: I always caution students not to report Red-shouldered Hawks based just on a single call. The Blue Jays around here are pretty good mimics of the hawks. > > Kannan > Ft. Smith > > On Wednesday, 3 October, 2018, 3:27:32 PM GMT-5, Bill Shepherd <stoneax63...> wrote: > > > Does anyone else wonder if some of the late Mississippi Kites being reported could be Blue Jays instead? All I can say is that I have never seen a Blue Jay mimic a MIKI. Have I ever heard a Blue Jay mimic a MIKI? I don't know if I have or not. > > Bill Shepherd >