Here at the Doublewide Ranch, we often hear the loud, raucous caws of many crows and look up to see them chasing away a hawk that’s dared to venture into our songbird sanctuary. Occasionally, a few mockingbirds and even bluejays will join in to chase off the intruder.
We recently heard the sound of crows and mockingbirds in an uproar and looked out to see that a broadwing hawk had landed on the bamboo bean poles in the garden next to the grape arbor. We were astonished to see two mockingbirds bravely dive-bombing the hawk. We took a couple of pictures before it dawned on us that the mockingbird’s fierce courage in facing down the hawk very likely meant that they had some babies nearby, perhaps in the grape arbor. I could see that the broadwing wasn’t going anywhere and the mockingbirds seemed more and more distressed, so I put down my camera and ran towards the grape arbor with my mightiest and most savage roar. Benjamin said I sounded like a Viking warrior.
I don’t know if it was my Viking war cry or the crazed look in my eyes, but the hawk lifted off quickly. The mockingbirds chased him until he was a small dot in the sky. It was gratifying to feel like I’d played a part in saving the little mockingbird babies…and it felt pretty good to roar like that, too.
I was most impressed, though, by Mom and Dad Mockingbird. I am grateful for our animal parents and their fierce courage.