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Pete at Home
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There's a small brown bird outside my house that's stalking a cat. It's been doing it for at least 2 days. Divebombing, and then going back up. I chased the cat away, assuming the cat was on the hunt, but then the bird chased the cat over to the next lot. My HLWL said that maybe the cat had eaten the bird's eggs and that she was trying to get revenge, but it's not much bigger than a sparrow. Any other ideas?
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That sounds like a mockingbird to me. They're generally grey, though.

If it is a mockingbird, watch out. It'll start going for you next. [Wink]

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It has a strange call, so mockingbird did come to mind. Why does it do that?
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Because it's an evil, ornery bird.

More seriously, mockingbirds are /very/ territorial, especially when nesting. Essentially they're trying to drive off predators with the aggressive behavior.

One of my cats liked to go after mockingbird babies at my last home. As a result, whenever any cat, or any person, me included, would try to walk from the front door to something in the driveway, the mockingbird would dive-bomb. It's perfectly understandable, but scary as heck.

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I wouldn't call a mocking bird either small or brown. The behavior on the other hand is exact. If you really want to know what it is take a picture and I will ID it for you.
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"Not much bigger than a sparrow" could qualify, depending on the size of your sparrows, and whether you're counting body size + tail length, or just body size.

I'd be interested to know the final pronouncement myself. I hope there isn't another dive-bombing smallish bird out there. [Wink]

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They sell baseball caps with eyeballs on the back that will keep mockingbirds from dive-bombing you.
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BTW, mockingbirds around here have white chevrons on their wings. That's how I can ID them.
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Try an Internet search on "List of Nevada Birds." That will at least give you a clear picture of a mockingbird, a species in which males and females look much alike.

For other species, the pictures generally show males in breeding plumage, so it is well to remember that females are often brown. You can find pictures of females too, but it may be a bit harder.

[ July 16, 2012, 02:02 PM: Message edited by: hobsen ]

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Is it still a sin to kill a mockingbird, if it tries to kill you first?
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Depends. Do you have a reasonable apprehension that the teeny little bird might actually succeed in causing you harm?

Or alternately, were you hungry and did you actually eat the thing afterward?

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Aris, the "Ghost Dance" tragedy at Wounded Knee provides a example of the reasonable apprehension rule. If a group of Native Americans gets together peacefully and prays for their gods to wipe away the white civilization, is that "trying to kill us first" in a way that merits an armed response?
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