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Hawk attacked by Mockingbird ... Simple Pleasure


By Betsy Muse - Posted on 09 March 2013

DSC_0074_0.JPGMy simple pleasure this morning occurred early as I was taking the dogs and cat out for their morning walk. A large number of Hawks call our trees home and they hunt in the overgrown field next door. One in particular likes to perch on our roof and will periodically fly to the commercial height pole one of our neighbors installed for a backdrop net.

As I headed out with the dogs, I could hear the angry chatter of several Mockingbirds. We have a very large number of them living in the yard. They can be extremely bothersome when their babies are leaving the nest. Last year we would have to run from the front porch to the car, bobbing and weaving to avoid the darned birds. I'm sure it was quite a sight for the neighbors!

I assumed the birds were squawking because the cat was with us, but as we turned toward our upper field I could see the large Hawk out of the corner of my eye. He swooped down and gently landed on the top of the pole. As we walked toward the pole, which is on the border of our field and the neighbor's yard, a Mockingbird came from the lone Maple tree in that part of the yard and started having a go at the Hawk. The Hawk wasn't bothered a bit. The birds have a lot of nerve, but I've never seen them attack something that might eat them.
 
Of course, I didn't have my camera with me, but I did snap the photo above of the Hawk a few weeks ago sitting on the very same pole. I also found a video of a Mock attacking a Hawk. It really is a funny thing to see!

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