Window Tanka

Photo Credit: David J. Ringer

Photo Credit: David J. Ringer

Early in grassy June

swallows mob a Cooper’s Hawk

hunting for field mice:

One swoop prevents another.

Nobody gets what they want.

2 thoughts on “Window Tanka

    • Right you are, V. The hawk’s the hunter. All the swallows want is the hawk out of their territory. I’d seen the phenomenon before, never knew it was called “mobbing.” Apparently, it’s usually successful: the larger, less agile, bird is pestered & pecked at sufficiently (usually from above) that he decides to hunt elsewhere. Sometimes, though, thanks to a well-executed barrel roll and extended talon, he’s able to discourage the smaller birds long enough to spot & swoop down on some tender morsel in the grass below.

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