Here we have a tawny owl being mobbed by a host of small birds.
As a boy, I would follow the sound of chattering blackbirds and chaffinches, knowing they had tracked down a bird of prey and were hurling abuse at it. Usually a tawny owl and often up in the canopy of a holly tree, close to the trunk. The owl would take flight on my appearance and the baying mob would follow, thinking they had dislodged it!
I don't know if a jay would tweak an owls tail but I remember many years ago, my tame magpie did just this to the farm cats, she would scold them, then creep up behind them to nip their tails!
Acrylic on panel
Image size; 610mm x 1122mm
Overall dimensions; 770mm x 1282mm.
Gold frame with off-white slip.