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Should I be wary of mocking birds in a nest?

Old 05-14-08, 10:33 AM
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Should I be wary of mocking birds in a nest?

Mocking birds. Out for blood, only mocking or are they our lifelong friends? I'm putting in new mulch around some bushes and an 8 foot tall bush has a nest in it. I knew it was there and I peeked into the bush and see some eyes staring back at me. At first I thought it might be a baby, but maybe it's the momma. If I'm raking up dead leaves and brush under this bush is there a decent chance I'll be attacked?
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Originally Posted by atlantamoi
If I'm raking up dead leaves and brush under this bush is there a decent chance I'll be attacked?
Yes.

Yes there is.
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I heard they like to pick the eyes out of infants.
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I would stay away from it.
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Expect mocking

"Lookit the ears on that guy!"
"Nice fashion sense, dummy!"
"You're gettin' a little chubby!"
"You have a small post count!"
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actually, my dad works as a hospital supervisor and their department's entrance has a mockingbird nest above it and it tends to literally slam into some of his employees (including him). he said the one time he wasn't watching out for it, the damn thing flew straight into his back shoulder then flew away. which, in my head, is really really funny.
im sure not all mockingbirds are agressive, but it's better safe than sorry.
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I'm curious what kind of satisfaction you get from making fun of them? Either way, most birds don't understand words so I don't think you need to be wary of any retaliation.
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I hate when birds mock me.
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Well, sorry to disappoint. No Hitchcock-like experience today. But, I had put out of my memory an episode from a year ago. I saw a wounded baby bird in the neighbor's yard and wondered if it fell out of a nest. I looked around and noticed one in an overhang under their front porch. I walked over to get a closer look and the next thing I know a bird swoops down near my head. My wife was watching from our front door and she yells... I started laughing and jumped over a railing running like an idiot and it dive bombed my head again before I could get inside. It was really funny, but hopefully nobody else witnessed it. So, I guess I know the answer about what they can do.

rehmus, that's crazy stuff.
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Kill 'em. Kill 'em all.
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Should I be wary of mocking birds in a nest?

Yes. I would only mock birds when they are in flight.
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I wasn't aware that Mocking Birds existed outside of the book about how to kill them.
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Yeah, I worded that poorly, eh.
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If humans touch the babies, doesn't the mother abandon the nest and leave the babies to die?

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