Thursday, April 28, 2016

Angry Bird Time

This is The Daily Bone and I'm your doughty doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

Wow! It's a riot out there! It seems the National Birdie Mixed Martial Arts Games are in full swing! Ghostwriter wasn't able to catch these fights on her camera, but we found a few videos, like the one below, so you can get the general idea. The other day she saw a couple grackles wrestling over territory across the street. They kept at it for a long time! They were every bit as vicious as the ones in this video! 

These bully birds don't just fight with each other. We've seen them harassing robins too. They followed a robin around as she hunted for worms, then tried to steal whatever she caught! There seem to be plenty of worms to go around. I think those grackles were just lazy. Yesterday we saw a robin catch a worm. It looked like a lot of work!

Pulling the worm out of the ground. It looked like a game of tug-o-war!

Yup! It's a good, fat one!

Shlurp! Yum yum yum.


The Stodgy Robin Society members aren't such angels either. Ghostwriter has seen them attacking each other, especially right after they're done with their morning symphony! A robin's song usually sounds like this:
"Cheer up, cheerio, cheer up, cheer up, cheer up, cheer up, cheerio, cheer up, cheer up!"
Maybe the translation is this:
"Hey you, listen up, this tree is mine, it's mine, not yours, and I'll beat you up, so there!"

Our hanging birdie feeder closes the feeding ports when heavy birdies like grackles land on it. See these two greedy grackles below? ( I think that's Effluvium Scatterstool, and his arch rival Greasy Dungflinger.) No seeds for them! 

But the little sparrows, like Mr. Seedcruncher and his colleagues can eat all they want. By the way, those little tiny birdies, like chipping sparrows and chickadees, are pretty nasty to each other too!

Today when ghostwriter got near a bush where some grackles were nesting, they became all agitated. They circled around overhead, and all their grackle friends came over to swoop and scold.

Meanwhile over at the Sparrows Incorporated Arbor Vitae Convention Center, the house sparrows were practicing their kick-boxing skills.

We haven't seen anything as bad as the two in this video, though.

Usually all this birdie violence stops after nesting season is over. Thank goodness! In the meantime, I've got season tickets to all the action at my drive-through barking window!



  1. OMD Chester, you needs to gives those burdies some margaritas to mellow their arses out! It;s like the MMA out theres in your yardie!
    Butts as long as everyone comes out okays, might as well pull up a chair and a bowl of poppycorn and enjoy the show!
    Ruby ♥

  2. OH CHESTER... you must be living in the Birdie War Zone... they have all gone WILD. We are worried that it might not be SAFE fur you to even get out to effect a Yard Clearing.

  3. We don't think we like those grackles very much. We are going to have to be sure there are none around here.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  4. Wow Chester, your Birdie TV window is so interesting, always sumthingy going on!
    Don't like the idea of those grackles circling Ghostwriter though, you'd best keep an eye on them just in case you need to do a rescue mission!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. OMD! What is going on with those crazy birdies! We have a crazy Magpie here.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Those season tickets must have been expensive!
    Lily & Edward

  7. You sure do have huge birdie entertainment at your house, Chester!

  8. Lots of Bird TV at your house for sure! Mom is envious of the feeder that shuts down when the Grackles land on it!

  9. That's a cool feeder with the closing seed ports. Is it coon proof?? We had to stop putting out feeders, cause not only the squirrel dudes were trashing them but the coons were even worse.

    Birds can sure be vicious, OMD.

    Robins will attack your head if you get too close to their nest, as do cardinals.
    I am sure the grackles might not think twice about doing that too.