Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday

The black birds were very disturbed the evening that we went to Lurie gardens ...
Here they are mobbing a pair of crows ...

 watching and calling on a light post ...

 Two crows calling on the building across the street ...

 A Robin on alert ...

and a Grackle's intense stare ...

But they were not at all concerned with this Big Bad Bird (Great Horned Owl)

The blackbirds were dive bombing the Kestrel so we had to move him into the tent.  He was the culprit ... I learned something that had never occurred to me before.  This American Kestrel is a diurnal hunter ... a threat that all of the dirural birds recognized ... but the Owl, a nocturnal hunter, posed no threat to them because they never see them hunt.  I thought that was pretty amazing :)



  1. How absolutely fascinating.
    Bird-brain as a description of someone who is stupid is a complete myth.

  2. Great photos, especially the Robin!
    Happy Wild Bird Wednesday!

  3. Well isn't that interesting. Birds and animmals could really teach us so much if we would observer them more.

  4. Hello Andrea, great post and captures. I love the owl. Neat capture of the blackbird mobbing the crows! Enjoy your day!

  5. seem to have been an interesting day. Lot of things happening and gorgeous birds :)

  6. wow- very interesting! Great shots of the crows..I really like the photo of them visiting the building!

  7. Very interesting and educational as well.

  8. Wow! I really learned something with this post! Very interesting! And great photos.

  9. Dearest Andrea; Grackle and Great Horned Owl look so brave and other birds are sweet, too♡♡♡ Thank you so much for sharing rare ones for me :-)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*