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(8,972 posts)
Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:33 AM Oct 2022

Attack of the Mockingbird

Twice last week the Hawk was sitting in this tree late in the evening and a territorial mockingbird began attacking. I took a series of 21 photos of the attack, the first photo being the best of the 21. I gave PS a try stacking the 21 and the second photo shows the chaos but not so clearly.

Finally, to make it understandable, I manually placed the mockingbird from the various photos. The mockingbird would return to a pine on the right for a few minutes before making another bombing run, never touching the Hawk. The Hawk was neither bothered nor impressed, never moving, except for turning his head, which I tried to capture by making a composite of his head turning. See the final here: https://jamesdevore.smugmug.com/60-YEAR-JOURNEY-IN-PHOTOGRAPHY/A-LITTLE-BIT-OF-EVERYTHING/PANORAMA/i-sP7sJmH

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Attack of the Mockingbird (Original Post) HAB911 Oct 2022 OP
Very cool! Phoenix61 Oct 2022 #1
Blue Jays Rebl2 Oct 2022 #2
Well done, my dear HAB911! Fascinating shots. Greatest Page now for your great post! n/t CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2022 #3
AWESOME! vapor2 Oct 2022 #4
They used to what I called divebonb my pony and horse, They are feisty little critters. efhmc Oct 2022 #5
Our cat got outside last week. lark Oct 2022 #6
Simply OUTSTANDING HAB911!! George McGovern Oct 2022 #7
Great! elleng Oct 2022 #8


(17,037 posts)
1. Very cool!
Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:43 AM
Oct 2022

I’ve seen them go after Osprey that fly too close to their nest. They are fierce little warriors.


(13,638 posts)
2. Blue Jays
Wed Oct 19, 2022, 11:19 AM
Oct 2022

and Crows do the same. I have watched Blue jays attack a flying hawk. Same with crow’s. Unfortunately I have seen the hawk win and carry off Blue Jays and smaller birds. Have also seen hawks attack rabbits unfortunately.


(1,260 posts)
Wed Oct 19, 2022, 11:56 AM
Oct 2022

We saw a mockingbird attack a hawk numerous times and the hawk finally vacated the area. I literally raised 2 from babies and one mother brought her 3 babies to us as I was feeding them worms. The moment was priceless.


(23,231 posts)
6. Our cat got outside last week.
Wed Oct 19, 2022, 01:29 PM
Oct 2022

Neighbor called me said cat was on her sidewalk getting attacked by mocking birds. They are fierce. Foggy wasn't doing anything but walking to our yard, but must have been too close to a nest?

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