Mobbing the Hawk

The other day I went out to play with our dog in the back yard. We were playing ball while birds chirped and chirped. Between ball chasing I suddenly realized there was more than chirping going on. I looked up to see a flock of blue jays squawking and circling the sky in a fast and aggressive raucous. They descended into the neighbor’s yard behind me and the chirping and squawking only got louder and bellicose. At that very moment I saw what looked like a red-tailed hawk flying out of the neighbor’s yard and the blue jays followed him. They continued to circle him and showed him the way out of the neighborhood.

I’ve had the opportunity to see blue jays mobbing the Hawk before but I’d only caught glimpses of them as they flew off. Typically, it has been while I’ve been out walking in the neighborhood. I hear the chirping and squawking and I see the birds fluttering through the trees and just catch the tail of the predatory bird giving up on the easy prey, or so it thought.

It is quite remarkable to see how these individual and competitive birds can come together for the protection of their blue jay community. The hawk was clearly bigger, perhaps 4 times or more, than any blue jay but together, they were a force to be reckoned with, and the hawk lost.

Maybe the moral of the story is to teach us that working together we can overpower a threat and by calling our neighbors and mobbing the hawk, we can generate a force bigger than each one of us to save our whole community.

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6 Comments

  1. I like your interview. I need some information from you so could you please stop by my studio when convenient?

    • Thanks Caroline! I was just there on Saturday. Sure, I’ll come over and catch a sneak peak of your latest paintings 🙂

    • Sure thing!

  2. hmmmmm, let’s apply this to a larger wedge of society…without naming names and pointing fingers, I’m sure each of us can come up with a similar situation. I do believe at our finger-tips are sources for such an incident. I suggest we get to know our neighbors…there are apps for neighborhoods and ours works beautifully..we’re being friendly and supportive.

    Thanks for the meaningful story, Lilibeth.


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