Mockingbird Chased Me In The Yard To The Front Door

@CarolDM (145173)
United States
July 21, 2021 2:41pm CST
How about that for a visual. No photos. No videos. I was busy running to the front door. This has never happened in my yard. I have seen them chase a cat I had years ago. I was minding my own business. Taking photos of the bees on the rose of sharon. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a mockingbird comes swooping down on my head. I could feel him on my hair. I thought at first there must be babies somewhere. This is the behavior of an adult protecting their babies. But in late July, most baby birds have flown away. Whatever the reason, I was not sticking around to find out. To the front door I went and he was with me every step. Photo was taken last fall of a mockingbird on my my deck. No photos of this one on my head. Yes, now it is funny.
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@kobesbuddy (130392)
• East Tawas, Michigan
21 Jul
I wonder why that mockingbird was so protective! It must feel like your yard belongs to him(her!)
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
They always do if they hav babies.
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@kobesbuddy (130392)
• East Tawas, Michigan
21 Jul
@CarolDM I wonder why they are having babies, this late in the year. Maybe a second bunch is in the nest.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
@kobesbuddy I never saw any babies, I am just saying that is the only reason I have ever seen them be so aggressive.
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@snowy22315 (117935)
• United States
21 Jul
You were in "his" yard. Years, ago my sister's cat got pecked on the head by a Blue Jay.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
I know right. Blue jays can be aggressive. But never been chased.
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@FourWalls (34517)
• United States
21 Jul
Was it mocking you the whole time?? You and me (remember my run-in with the pigeons earlier this year?) need to look into doing a remake of The Birds.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
I thought of The Birds on my way to the door.
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@Deepizzaguy (52092)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
21 Jul
It is interesting to know that a mockingbird chasing you to your front door from the outside of your home.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
A scary situation for a minute.
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@Deepizzaguy (52092)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
22 Jul
@CarolDM I know what you mean since mockingbirds are scary birds.
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@marlina (128059)
• Canada
22 Jul
@CarolDM ,I probably would have been yelling
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@asianlady (540)
• Ireland
21 Jul
What a cute bird, Carol. It would be nice if I can touch it.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
Thanks, he touched my head today.
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• Ireland
21 Jul
@CarolDM Oh! You are lucky.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
@asianlady Yes I am.
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@much2say (50592)
• Los Angeles, California
21 Jul
Oh my! I've seen mockingbirds dart for their target - they sure mean business! I'm glad you were able to take cover just in time!
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
I know, I hope the neighbors didn't see me!
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@much2say (50592)
• Los Angeles, California
21 Jul
@CarolDM Can you imagine if they actually had photo evidence of your encounter with the mockingbird ?
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
@much2say I just remembered it may be on our security camera. Oh no, I have to go look. How embarrasing.
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@kanuck1 (3699)
21 Jul
I wasn't aware that they are so aggressive! The one in the picture looks so majestic and fearless.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
Yes they all can be aggressive with babies. Not sure if this was the case today. The photo was taken in the fall. They usually have babies in the spring and early summer.
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@kanuck1 (3699)
22 Jul
@CarolDM So, normally they are not aggressive,only when they feel threatened.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
@kanuck1 Right. Like in the photo, you see how calm it seems. He was on my deck last fall here.
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• United States
21 Jul
Hahah Now the little jerk knows that if he buzzes you, you'll run away. I lost a lot of strawberries this year from the BlueJays by being passive and surrendering the berries because they were defending their young. This one is clearly just messing with you. You'll need to make a stand or risk attack daily until it moves on. Maybe a colorful hat? It could frighten it away but if it doesn't, you can use it as a weapon if it buzzes you.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
I have been dive bombed many times but this was a chase. I could not get to the door fast enough! I might consider wearing a hat from now on.
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• United States
21 Jul
@CarolDM It couldn't hurt lol.
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@GardenGerty (136533)
• United States
21 Jul
They never chased me, but when I was a girl they sure chased our cats. Is it possible they had a late hatch?
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
I suppose it is possible. I have not seen them but that doesn't mean they are not out there somewhere.
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@Juliaacv (56515)
• Canada
21 Jul
That was just plain rude. Maybe she forgot that the babies have flown the nest.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
I have no idea. Just went out in the backyard and there she was again.
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@sabtraversa (11823)
• Italy
21 Jul
At least he didn't hurt, but it must have been scary. I had a crow following me once for unknown reasons. Very cute critters but scary when they "cross boundaries".
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
It was a little scary, usually they do not run me all over the yard.
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@kaylachan (23168)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Jul
Maybe it thought there was food in your hair?
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
21 Jul
Good one!
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@Hannihar (115049)
• Israel
22 Jul
@CarolDM If he was still on your head how did you shake him off?
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
He flew away on his own as i was running.
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@Hannihar (115049)
• Israel
23 Jul
@CarolDM I hope he never comes back again. I bet that was very scary.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
23 Jul
@Hannihar He never left but I am ok.
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@DocAndersen (45679)
• United States
22 Jul
sorry about that - perhaps there was food near you?
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
No food, only my camera. Mockingbirds can be aggressive. I remember one chasing Momma Kitty once.
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@DocAndersen (45679)
• United States
22 Jul
@CarolDM wow, well glad you were able to move fast enough to get out of the way
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
@DocAndersen I didn't know I could move that fast.
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@111Cankovic (6130)
• Serbia
22 Jul
It doesn’t matter why the bird landed on your head. That in itself is fascinating. The whole story is great as is the photo taken.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
Thank you. I am one to always try to figure out reasons behind everything it seems. But you are right. And I am glad I am safe without any scratches.
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• Serbia
22 Jul
@CarolDM She probably didn't attack you, I hope. Although when they have young they know to be aggressive. One raven in the spring in my yard constantly clashes alone with my dog.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
@111Cankovic She was on my head making a lot of noise. That was an attack to me. But I am safe.
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@LadyDuck (347237)
• Switzerland
22 Jul
Birds are very protective and it is better not to be around when they chase you. This is a beautiful photo and the mockingbird brought back to my mind a very old song.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
Thanks! I took this one in the fall. He was calm as there were no babies around. I too remember a song about a mockingbird.
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@LadyDuck (347237)
• Switzerland
22 Jul
@CarolDM I have the song in my head and I cannot remember the title, it will come back.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
@LadyDuck James Taylor and Carly Simon performed Mockingbird. That is the one I remember.
Concert at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LjdVLGiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mockingbird/id797531767?i=797531852&uo=4&at=10l5FrOfficial Website: http...
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@moffittjc (98032)
• Gainesville, Florida
22 Jul
You should keep a tennis racket with you when you go outside. It's like a fly swatter, only for birds! lol Seriously, I wonder what agitated the mockingbird? Could it have been the colors of your outfit you were wearing?
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
I know right! It is kind of funny now and I hope none of my neighbor's caught me on video. The only thing I can think of is babies somewhere. All birds do this to protect babies. I did have a red shirt on but I have never known mockingbirds to go after colors.
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@moffittjc (98032)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Jul
@CarolDM If your neighbors have video of this hilarious event, I hope you can get a copy and post it for us all to see!
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
24 Jul
@moffittjc I am afraid to ask them.
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@HazySue (38604)
• Inverness, Florida
22 Jul
I think he must have been trying to protect something. It may be that he has claimed your yard as his own.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
It could be, he also was in the backyard later when I went out to the garden.
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@HazySue (38604)
• Inverness, Florida
26 Jul
@CarolDM He seems to like your garden.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
26 Jul
@HazySue He loves those beetle bugs.
@Shiva49 (22500)
• Singapore
22 Jul
It wants to make clear who is the real boss!
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
I will gladly let him be boss for now.
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@Shiva49 (22500)
• Singapore
22 Jul
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@cacay1 (56032)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
22 Jul
She is so cute and friendly Birds and animals in your country are friendly for you are also animals and birds friendly. They are not afraid to humans.
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@CarolDM (145173)
• United States
22 Jul
This one was not so friendly yesterday.
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@cacay1 (56032)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
24 Jul
@CarolDM really, she looks so energetic and wise birdie.