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Sunday, August 7, 2016

mockingbird parents


I was doing some trimming at the bottom
of our steep backyard last week.
Lots of mockingbirds live down there.


A pair of them very agitated with my presence.
I shot a few quick photos through a bush
then retreated back uphill.


I couldn't figure out why they were so upset 
until I spotted this baby bird on the
other side of the yard.


The next day, I saw them dive bombing
an innocent groundhog who was just walking through the yard.
I guess I was lucky.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely photos. It's always good to see birds protecting their family!

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    1. Mockingbirds are great at it, that is for sure. We have a blue Jay that is even better. My mom once had to rescue my brother from a pair of them after he got too close to the nest.

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  2. These are great! They know you are their friend.

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    1. I hope so, but I am still not taking any chances! Hey, we saw a hummingbird chase a mockingbird away from her nesting bush yesterday.

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    2. I hope so. Sure wouldn't want them mad at me. I read online that, mockingbirds remember everyone who has crossed them.

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  3. I hope you're having a wonderful summer Sandy. Moving by the end of this month, lots to still do though!!!

    Hugs, G

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    1. We have been having work done on the house. It has been a hectic summer, so far. I hope to enjoy August, though.

      Where are you moving?

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  4. Hi Sandy,

    How sweet the Mockingbird is and loved seeing the photos of them looking out for their family.
    Hope you have a great week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Some birds do seem better at it than others, don't they? We are getting rain today. Since we needed it badly, this makes it a very good week.

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  5. __ Such intense parentism, that some humans seem to have lost; neat Mockingbird pics, and your verbal-visual of that which you had seen, Sandy_!
    _m

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  6. Yes, there seems to be a lot of parents who live starling like lives! You must be getting this rain today, too. I don't know if your area has been as dry as southern Maine.

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  7. i love these encounters, that is if we are not attacked.

    a friend once walked under a tree and had a hawk attack and took a bit of scalp away, like two scratches.

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    1. I know what you mean. About ten years ago, I stumbled over a pair of foxes sleeping in tall grass. They snarled at me, and I ran!

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