Date: 3/17/17 10:50 am From: Elizabeth Mescavage <amkestrel1...> Subject: Mockingbird behavior, Northampton County
All winter I have had a mockingbird around my feeders and it has become increasingly territorial as the weeks go by. It has continually dive-bombed certain species of birds, most notably woodpeckers and larger birds and especially robins that have shown up recently. It reached the point where I had zero woodpeckers coming for many weeks but recently they have returned. Yesterday afternoon I noticed a struggle on the snow near the enclosed patio; this seen from my kitchen window. First thought was a hawk attack but the birds didn't fit and looking closer I realized it was the mockingbird attacking a robin. The robin was face down in the snow with the mocker mercilessly hammering on it. I ran out and waved a towel to chase the mockingbird. I thought the robin was dead, still face down in the snow, back end straight up. In a few seconds it popped up, left wing feathers ruffled, it made a bee-line running to the patio wall, made its way to the unenclosed patio. I went to the dining room window for a closer look and it was gone, so hopefully the wing wasn't broken and it was able to fly. I was astounded at the ferocity of the attack. The mockingbird has been relentless in its pursuit of any bird going near the crabapple tree, suet cages or suet/pb logs but I never thought the attacks would escalate to this level. I do think, had I not interfered, the robin would have been killed. It seemed defenseless. I wish I had seen the initial attack to know how it happened.