Raptor Wednesday

Early Saturday morning, we heard a screechy Mockingbird outside. And kept hearing it. It wasn’t until I was practically next to the window that I saw the why.

Two Northern Mockingbirds were harrying this Red-tail. Note that there are still some juvenile striped feathers on this hawk. This is one of last year’s fledglings, probably the bird who spent all winter and spring around the park. (Slow-motion slows down the sound too.)

An Eastern Kingbird blitzed onto the scene, diving much closer to the hawk than the Mockingbirds. This is the second or third sortie of the K-bird captured on video. That bird wasn’t playing! When it first appeared, it came right at the hawk and I saw some red in the diving bird’s head, making me think woodpecker. But Eastern Kingbirds do have a red crest. This is rarely visible. But a Red-tail makes everyone see red.

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