Susan (et alia),
Thanks for writing! I also heard off-list from someone who wrote that Blue
Jays "...utter perfect sounding imitations of Broad-winged Hawk song ...
[throughout] the year...."
The sound was indeed perfect "Broad-winged," but my money's on the Blue Jay.
There were a number of them in the area making an array of other typical BJ
vocalizations, one of which, now that I think of it, came suspiciously from
the same direction. We do have Broad-wingeds that regularly hunt over and
perhaps nest in the Enosburgh Town Forest. It's fascinating that a blue jay
will appropriate/mimic a BW call months later. How cool is that!?!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Fogleman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2007 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Broad-winged Hawk???
> Hi Charlotte,
> Never be embarrassed to ask a question! That's the way one learns.
> I am guessing you heard a Blue Jay. They are fantastic mimics of raptor
> Susan Fogleman
> Campton NH
>> Am embarrassed to ask about this but will ask anyway:
>> I believe I heard a Broad-winged Hawk this morning over the Enosburgh
>> Forest, but #1 I did not see it, and #2 it seems wayyyy too late in the
>> season for one. If it weren't for the fact that it is Dec. 23, I would
>> I'm 100 percent certain that's what I heard. So, is it possible I heard
>> very late migrant? Or do I have to figure out another explanation?
>> Thanks in advance for whatever info folks can offer!
>> Charlotte Bill
>> Enosburgh, VT
>> (northern Franklin County)