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User Topic: Bird question - Sad? or anyone else
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Question  Posted: 10:32 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The wall behind my desk is a solid window (floor to ceiling, or cabinet to ceiling I guess), overlooking a wooded area. I was just looking outside and there are some crazy birds out there.

There's a bigger one, maybe a small hawk? that is flying in circles and figure eights, and two smaller ones, like sparrow sized? that are dive bombing it! They will fly up higher than the big one, and then tuck their wings in and literally go straight for it, like they're aiming to run into it's body. They get really, really close to hitting it. The big one doesn't seem especially bothered by them, just flaps its wings when they get too close and kind of changes course, at which point they go back up and try again.

What am I watching here? Are they trying to drive it away from a nest or something?

My assumption is that the bigger one is a bird of prey, and the smaller ones are not; I don't know anything about birds though, so that could be wrong.


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Default  Posted: 10:37 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yep - it's called 'mobbing' behavior and it's quite common.


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Default  Posted: 10:37 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So weird to watch the little guy pick on the big guy.


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Default  Posted: 10:38 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The larger bird is likely a bird of prey ... in your area possibly a redtailed hawk or northern harrier.


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Default  Posted: 10:40 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

yeah, his wings looked kind of like this shape

Too far away too see colors, just that he looked dark against the trees.


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Default  Posted: 10:42 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Here's an unusual one:

Who says birds don't have balls??

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Default  Posted: 10:44 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

That's pretty close to the size difference between these guys, but both are smaller - the little ones were definitely not as big as a gull.

It did really look like they were trying to land on his back though.


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Default  Posted: 11:38 AM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We have these ugly, awful cowbirds - they hijack other birds nests. They are bullies. Just the other day I saw a robin chasing it away.

Most birds I enjoy - cowbirds rank up there with mosquitoes as having no good use.


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Default  Posted: 12:02 PM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Birds are the best! I'm kind of surprised that this is the first time you've seen mobbing behavior; it happens all the time.

And cowbirds Let's just say there's a reason for everything...


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Default  Posted: 12:15 PM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Well I don't usually look out the window too much... my computer has me facing with my back to the window. So bird watching = not working.


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Default  Posted: 12:18 PM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

But *they* are watching you ...


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Default  Posted: 12:26 PM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

In a previous career life, I had a desk right up against a giant second story window wall. There were trees below that had some kind of red berries? And the birds would get high on the fermented berries, see their reflections in the windows, and attack. Birds crashing into the window for about a week each year. And it was All. Day. Long. until the sun finally would move to a point where the reflection was no longer there. One day, we counted 32 bird hits on the window. It was like Hitchcock's "The Birds" in real life.

They finally dug out the trees and replaced them with something less... intoxicating.


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Default  Posted: 1:16 PM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Now *that* sounds like robins.


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Default  Posted: 1:35 PM, May 13th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Part of the fun of working for a birding tour company was when an interesting bird was sighted in our area, we just closed the office and ran off to see it.

It was work-related...


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