DUELS—JAY AND CROW. Jack Sanders in our local Darien Times described a recent report of a duel between a Steller’s Jay and a crow.The jay tried without success to frighten a crow away from a feeder. The jay then broke a four-inch twig from a tree, put in his beak with the sharp end pointing out and flew at the crow. The crow got the twig away from the jay and wound up with the twig in its mouth chasing the jay. If dropping an object is not counted, this is apparently the first time a bird has been sighted using an object as a weapon. A biologist commented, “It’s a pity that the crow did not have its own stick to duel with the jay.”

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