Jay attacks crow with spearlike object of its own making. Crow wrests object from jay (thus, disarming him). Picks it up and goes on the offensive.
This rather startling report of armed combat among birds, from veteran jay scientist Russ Balda in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, was seized upon and ably reported by Joe Eaton in the Berkeley Daily Planet. His column is interesting and doesn’t waste words. Oh, and he gets in a bit of Monty Python, if I’m not mistaken. Worth a minute of your time: Wild Neighbors: En Garde! Jays Discover the Pointed Stick
Image: J.T. Csotonyi