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|OTHER WILD BIRD STORIES
Bird Watching Stories
(Go Back to Wild Bird Page Contents)
|» No Barbeque this Summer|
|» Barn Swallow "Mama"|
|» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?|
|» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica|
|» Just Another Golden Eagle|
| » Four Birds in One Tree:
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
|» Four Calling Birds???|
|» A Very Unique Cardinal|
| » Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
|» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet|
|» The Ever-Popular Chickadee|
|» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw|
|» Barrel Cactus Confrontation|
|» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...|
|» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
|» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch|
|» The Best Mimic?|
|» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
|» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?|
|» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me|
|» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon|
| » Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
| » A Rare and Unusual Bird
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
|» Raven Showoffs|
|» Reddish Egrets and Canopy Feeding|
| » Robins and Worms
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
|» Hospital Hallucination|
|» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher|
|» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings?|
|» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder|
|» Aransas in the Fog:
|» Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash|
|» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber|
|WHO IS REALLY THE BOSS OF THE SKIES?|
|It's a Matter of Who is on Top|
| by Sally Blanchard
If we voted on the backyard bird with the most personality, I would wager that the little Chickadee would win. These delightful little birds flit from tree to tree foraging for food. They keep in touch with their cheery two note whistle.
In the presence of a predator, their call changes to one of great alarm. If they find an owl sleeping in the branches of a tree, a group of chickadees will abandon their normal daytime “Clark Kent” persona and turn into a flock of little super birds. During the day even the largest owls are no match for a flock of these little guided missiles flying at them from above. The chickadees are often joined by a few other species of high energy little songbirds and continue their harassment until the owl leaves their territory. If they can chase the owl away during the day, the predator will probably not be around to cause them problems when the raptor comes out at night to hunt.