Date: 7/27/20 4:30 pm
From: Wayne Weber <contopus...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Jay or hawk?
Oregon birders,

Perhaps it was a Jayhawk? Oh shoot, it couldn’t be-- those are only found in Kansas!!

Wayne Weber

Delta, BC


From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of larspernorgren
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:11 PM
To: <Obol...>
Subject: [obol] Jay or hawk?

I too lean strongly toward Hawk. It sounds unusually short for a Red-tail. The trailing, slightly descending end of the call is abbreviated. But l have sort of given up trying. Where l live the Steller's Jay's were imitating Goshawks for a few years. One sparkling April morning l had just returned from a walk when l heard a Goshawk call. "There's a Steller's Jay again,"l thought. Immediately after that an adult male Goshawk flew out of a small Douglas-fir . It was only 5m above my head. About the most unequivocal look I've ever had.

Canada Jays imitate a variety of Pygmy Owl calls. They are about equally common here where l live. I presume that when tooting goes on for minutes on end it's not a jay. But in many cases l would deem it a fool's errand to try to tell the difference. At this time of year there's the added factor of young birds still acquiring a voice so to speak.

The last time l was at Luckiamute State Natural area we repeatedly heard a half familiar call. It had the cadence of a Bald Eagle. But it wasn't the typical high-pitched nails on the blackboard squeal. Lower pitched, slightly liquid. Someone suggested a begging juvenile BAEA and it made sense. Two juvies were in evidence several times that morning, though the calls in question always came from a bird out of sight.

I thought it incongruous that a young bird would be lower pitched than an adult.

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