A Merlin and many Blue Jays
I was walking down the lane to my studio when I noticed many Blue Jays making a racket. I stopped in a sunny spot between the long morning shadows and looked up into the trees.
They were mobbing a Merlin.
Neither side won
It was interesting. Blue Jays came in from all over. I saw at least a dozen different birds come in. They would sit in the tree tops, which are mostly bare of leaves now, and when the Merlin flew they would launch out and swoop at him. None getting too close.
The Merlin, for his part, sat in the branches and waited until he was either rested or he thought a Jay was being overly bold and then he would attack. I tell you there were some close calls and I got to see just how quick a Jay is in close flight.
The acrobatics around the tree branches were astounding.
Fast and furious action
I watched for perhaps ten minutes as the birds went back and forth between two trees. The Blue Jays definitely tired quicker. There were often as few as two birds watching and waiting.
Finally the Merlin ended the game and, swooping down from a tree, flew directly over my head. Maybe 15 feet above me? And was gone.