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Bird attacks
  • jetski April 23, 2013 - 9:55 am #71323 Reply

    I have been swoop attacked by a faded blue jay twice in the past two weeks while out walking my dog.  Presumably, she is trying to protect a secret nest that I can’t see anyway.  Has anyone else experienced this with these evil little birds?  It just flies down and tries to grab my sleeve.  Sounds ridiculous  but is a little startling!

    ksu499 April 23, 2013 - 10:15 am #71326 Reply

    Are you sure it’s not a mockingbird?  They are grey and show a white flash on their wing when in flight. They are known for being very aggressive about protecting their nests.  A business I’m familiar with in Alexandria had to temporarily close one of its entrances a couple of years ago due to its employees being attacked by a mockingbird as they tried to enter/exit through that door.

    jetski April 23, 2013 - 10:25 am #71327 Reply

    It very well could be a mockingbird.  I try to give her tree lots of space but its like she sees me coming from a while away and can’t wait to come grab me.

    Arlington, SSR April 23, 2013 - 10:26 am #71328 Reply

    Both species of birds will attack if you’re near their nest.  I haven’t had trouble since I moved to Arlington, but they used harass people and pets when I lived in FFX.



    Hank April 23, 2013 - 10:29 am #71329 Reply

    Jetski, remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

    jetski April 23, 2013 - 10:32 am #71330 Reply

    Thanks for the link Arlington, SSR.  After seeing the picture, it is surely a mockingbird.

    Hank, is it a sin to to kill a mockingbird if in self defense? :)

    Hank April 23, 2013 - 1:19 pm #71343 Reply

    Jetski: Oh of course not.  Provide you have a CCW permit, you don’t need to even be justified to kill someone/thing.

    Overlander April 23, 2013 - 1:34 pm #71344 Reply

    “In a paper published in 2009, researchers found that mockingbirds were able to recall an individual human who, earlier in the study, had approached and threatened the mockingbirds’ nest. Researchers had one participant stand near a mockingbird nest and touch it, while others avoided the nest. Later, the mockingbirds recognized the intruder and exhibited defensive behavior, while ignoring the other individuals.”


    Bard April 23, 2013 - 2:52 pm #71360 Reply

    There are a bunch of aggressive mockingbirds in Lyon Village. I found that throwing rocks at them was an effective deterrent.

    YTK April 23, 2013 - 4:35 pm #71377 Reply

    I woner if throwing rocks at a Mockingbird is like trying to injure or hunt a songbird.

    YTK April 23, 2013 - 4:36 pm #71378 Reply

    “Sounds ridiculous  but is a little startling!”
    They’ve been protecting their nests long before we humans came on the scene.

    Bard April 23, 2013 - 5:22 pm #71380 Reply

    I woner if throwing rocks at a Mockingbird is like trying to injure or hunt a songbird.


    Not that it’s particularly creative but I got the idea from an internet site about how to deal with Mockingbirds. I don’t know if it’s been subjected to the scientific method or if the author was just pissed off like I am. Apparently throwing rocks in their direction “disturbs their habitat” and makes them want to set up shop elsewhere. I would be lying if I said I haven’t actually tried to strike them with the rocks. No success yet, which is probably for the best.

    Theakston April 23, 2013 - 5:26 pm #71381 Reply

    Time for a Blue Jay / Mockingbird round up! :)


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