There we were in a little urban wooded area. The American Robins were acting in a bizarre way, sort of softly yodeling. All of a sudden they all took off. In the distance we could spot a few dozen starlings making noise atop a large tree. As we approached we could hear a mix of sounds from the local birds. Not quite alarm sounds, but they weren’t tranquil.
Suddenly the Blue Jays arrived in an aggressive manner. We were looking everywhere for what could be such a menacing bother. As we slowly moved through the woods, it revealed itself. An APEX predator had just startled this quiet little wooded area, the Northern saw-whet owl. We couldn’t believe it, a bird of prey barely bigger than my hand could cause such havoc. The Blue Jays themselves were probably heavier than this cute little Owl.