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"Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause."
— Lamentations 3:52

I am so blessed to have so many birds in my backyard, birds which bring peace and joy to my life as they go through their daily activities. I have crows nesting in the trees at the end of my lot and hawks protecting their spaces about a half a block away. There are blue jays, sparrows, and many other small birds which wait for their food each morning and evening. I put out about 25 pounds of wild bird seed each week so they will stay around, because they bring joy to my life when I am sitting on the patio.

One morning, last week, while having my first cup of coffee, there was something causing the crows to protest very loudly close to my patio. I stepped outside with my coffee to sit on the patio and try to find out what was bothering the crows. Before I could sit down I noticed the crows and hawks were diving at something on the patio roof. I walked out in the yard so I could see more of the patio roof and there was a huge owl sitting on the roof.

The crows and hawks had joined in trying to get the owl to leave the area. The owl must have been blinded by the daylight and would not leave. The blue jays were diving at the owl along with the crows and hawks. It was amazing to me to see how all three species got together to chase the owl away. Normally the three species keep their distance from one another, but this owl was a threat to all of them and they wanted it out of their space...


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