[TN-Bird] Re: tn-bird - Standifer Gap Marsh

David Patterson wrote:
>

>...July 25 a Cooper's*  Hawk flew in from the north and checked out 
>  the edges of the water and woods. An Eastern Kingbird chased
>  it away from the area where a group of Kingbirds were perched
>  on the fence in the water.  
>
>  *It is possible that this was a large Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Either
>  way it was surprising to see such a small bird threaten it.
>
>David Patterson 
>
Hey David,
     Whenever I have a group of kids out birdwatching and we see an Eastern 
Kingbird, I always tell them its scientific name, Tyrannus tyrannus.  I saw one 
this summer chase off its perch a Red-tailed Hawk that was eating a blackbird 
bigger than the kingbird.  The kingbird actually landed on the hawk's back as 
it flew, and proceeded to hammer the back of its head !  The Tyrant Flycatcher 
rules !!!

Don Holt
Johnson City, TN
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