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Pushy little blackbird chases BIG hawk away from nest area

Blackbird chases Swainson’s hawk. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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“Hey! Get out of my airspace,” said the blackbird to the Swainson’s hawk.

Blackbirds are tough little characters, especially when they are protecting their nest areas. That protection appears to include the airspace directly over where the nest is located … as this Swainson’s hawk is finding out the hard way.

The hawk may be bigger than the blackbird, but it’s not as maneuverable. As far as the blackbird is concerned, there’s also a bit of safety in numbers. When one blackbird goes on the attack, the others come running … er … flying. The blackbirds, being MUCH smaller and lighter, can’t really do any damage to the hawk, but in nature, animals rarely come to actual physical blows. It’s all about posturing and image. Just ask any blackbird. /Gary

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011
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