Yesterday afternoon I watched an interesting little interaction between
a male Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Blue Jay in our yard.
The RBWO flew into our box-elder with loud chirrups, waited just a few
seconds, then flew to a silver birch in the corner. In a few seconds he
chirruped back and started pecking at a stump on the box-elder. This was
repeated several times, I was not able to check whether he was caching
something he got from the birch. Meanwhile a blue jay sat watching this
action. After a few back-and-forth flights the RBWO hopped off to
The watching blue jay immediately flew up, not directly to the stump,
but a few feet away and hopped around a little, picking at random spots
nonchalantly, as if uninterested. But he quickly made his way to the
stump and looked in. At this, the RBWO zoomed up again and scared off
the blue jay.
Ellis Hollow Rd.
Nari B. Mistry, Ithaca, NY
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