Cool sighting, Paultuttle! This morning the jays started going nuts, so I went out to check, hoping to see a Barred Owl. But whatever it was had left by the time I assembled myself with binocs and camera.
One recent time, it turned out that the resident crows were fussing at a coyote in my yard. I didn't know a coyote would trigger that reaction; wonder if they saw it as a potential predator?
Definitely! I've seen crows dive-bomb out backyard seemingly reacting to nothing, but we heard the coyote pups in the backyard canyon yipping over a distant siren. I suspect that is what the crows were reacting to. The hackles on our otherwise friendly black lab went up with a growl. It's so weird to have wildlife (like coyotes) so close to my urban setting.