Date: 7/22/20 6:30 am
From: Paul Evans <paulevansdo...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Steller's Tricksters
Last week i heard a woodpecker like tapping in the trees while at Minto
Brown Island Park in Salem. Slow and persistent. I found a Steller’s Jay
pecking at a nut/berry on a branch 30 feet up. I had seen this before and
got fooled again. But I still enjoy watching these curiously animated


On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 5:08 PM Andy Thomas <dmarc-noreply...>

> I was fooled twice today by Steller's Jays. While walking my dogs on a
> wooded trail I heard a Red-tailed Hawk-call above me. My first thought was
> Steller's because of the venue, but it was so loud and clear I started
> looking for a hawk. Sure enough, there were 2 STJAs in an understory tree
> nearby.
> Then a little farther on I heard a woodpecker foraging directly above me
> -- loud, slow, irregular knocks. I leaned against a maple tree to steady my
> geezer-self while looking straight up. There were many possibilities, but
> by chance, the tree I was touching vibrated with the pecking, so I could
> narrow my search. I expected to find a Pileated Woodpecker, but what I saw
> was a Steller's Jay moving along a branch and pecking woodpecker-style.
> I know about St Jay's Red-tail mimic call, but I've never heard of one
> "mimicking" a woodpecker. (I know; it was not actually mimicking
> anything.) Is this common or usual foraging behavior for a Steller's Jay?
> Andrew Thomas
> West Linn
Paul Evans DO, LL.D (hon.), FACOFP

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