As the days get longer the birds have started to sing again. Jessica Manack reminded me that one of those songs is quite a surprise.
The blue jay's typical call is unmistakeable and brash. We usually see him do it because he draws attention to himself when he says "Jay."
But during the courtship season he says KWEE-de-lee, a sound so melodic you think it couldn't be made by a jay.
When you hear this call, look for the bird and you'll find him doing rapid deep knee bends, raising and lowering his entire body as he calls.
"I can sound pretty," says the blue jay. "I just don't want you to notice."
(photo by Cris Hamilton)