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Mobbed Pt2 by mydigitalmind Mobbed Pt2 by mydigitalmind
I had the chance to witness mass mobbing of a Red-tailed Hawk up close at Sapsucker woods this weekend. I heard the sounds of crows alerts and went over to where they were calling. Crows, Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds were all mobbing this Hawk. Mobbing is a behavior occurs when a predator gets cooperatively harassed by the species it may prey on - especially when that species has young nearby. At one point, the Hawk was in the tip of a small branch (pictured) and kept losing balance when the others would dive at him.

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Red-tailed Hawk and Red-winged Blackbird
Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Ithaca, New York
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, I almost feel bad for the hawk being pestered like that. On the other hand, amazing how small and 'defenseless' songbirds can drive a powerful predator away when working together. A rare moment well-captured on photo! :D
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I feel bad when they get mobbed as they are just passing through! My local Hawks never get a break...
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, if they're actually going after the blackbirds it's another thing, but when they're just trying to get on with their day.. When hiking in the Alps not too long ago I saw a juvenile Golden eagle - first mobbed by a Buzzard and then chased away by a pair of Raven. Being a raptor doesn't mean getting much love I'm afraid.
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BlackyPaws Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
wow type of breed is the bird in the background with the red wings
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a Red-winged Blackbird :)
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Must have been near a nest.
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah - there are a lot of small breeders in this area.
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
That's the only reason I can think of, that there's a nest or two (maybe more) and they are protecting it. Of course, I guess these birds can be bold even when not nesting - I just am not sure if they would risk if unless there were broods to consider.
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BFTLandMWandSEK Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
that bird looks so mad. :iconclapplz: good job, bro
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! But it's not "bro" ;)
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