There Is A Bully Outside My Window


In the guise of a bully, a mockingbird is scaring away my avian neighbors, the hummingbirds, finches, and sparrows. For two weeks this drama has played out turning my formerly peaceful yard into a combat zone.

Today the puff-chested, terrier wannabe had the nerve to posture and flick his tail at me. Silly bird tried to send me scurrying from my kitchen window. How cheeky of him!

The crows just ignore the mockingbird, even when challenged over food. It seems to be the only effective strategy although there is no doubt who would win at hand to hand combat. Hopefully, the super-sized crow, a massive guy who is at least 1/3 larger than the average crow, gets disgusted with the pest and chases him off. Then the smaller birds can return to the bounty in my yard and delight the neighborhood with their antics. If not, it will be a very long, very quiet summer.



  1. Your description of the going-ons with your avian friends is delightful. It is fun to be entertained by nature.


    • Heh. I am a sucker when it comes to birds but we don’t have the variety you enjoy. Do yours come close enough to fill the air with chatter?


  2. I’ve got a pair of aggressive robins nesting in the tree behind my garden, and they’ve scared everyone away except a pair of blackbirds (equally aggressive). They share the space with each other but don’t allow anyone else to feed from my feeders. Birds are mean sometimes!


    • Robins? We don’t have them but most birds, including cage birds, will protect a nest. At least that only goes on for a few weeks and there is the possibility of seeing the babies fledge. Young hummers hang around for a few weeks and some years we get to see the whole family playfully enjoying the gift of flight. Unfortunately, mockingbirds are nasty year around. Hopefully, your robins are not so tenacious.


  3. How funny! For your sake though, I hope he becomes a little more friendly.


    • A friendly mockingbird? Now that would be something!


  4. Every cat I’ve ever belonged to has been chased and pecked by these aerial fighters. Fortunately the cardinals moved into the shrubs in force this year, so things are peaceful enough that I’ve heard a dove or two.

    We have crows down here as well this year and I enjoy their conversations with each other.


    • Indeed. Cats and mockingbirds are not a good mix. Years ago a feral cat who became known as Sancho took up residence with me. He received a serious puncture wound to his ribs from a nasty mockingbird, an injury that was bad enough to require a trip to the vet and a couple of stitches. The poor thing recovered but was leery of the backyard for the rest of the summer.

      No cardinals around here but the crows are a hoot. They rule but pay no attention to the smaller birds. The only time we see excitement is when the rare falcon swoops into the neighborhood. Now that is a sight to behold.


      • Notice a barred hawk is hunting these parts. Including a quick splash in the lake to get a shallow fish. Haven’t seen ospreys in awhile. I suspect the fish are heavily fished out as even the egrets are rare as the water drops.


        • “Fished out” from human or animal predation or something else?


          • Animal. We’re in a multi-year drought here. The water level is down to the point there is no deep water. The easy fish are all gone. So are most of the large birds.


            • So smaller fish have moved to the top of the local food chain? Odd to think of it this way but survival of the fittest could be modified to survival of the best-suited to the current environment.


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