Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fearless Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird chasing away Great Blue Heron
Female Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird
While walking around the pond one morning I observed a Red-winged Blackbird chasing away a Great Blue Heron (above).  How's that for bold?  Red-winged Blackbirds are brave, territorial and loud.

Red-winged Blackbird
Pretty amazing to see what a strong offensive approach can have, even over a bird as large as a Great Blue Heron.

Another example of a small animal yielding great influence over larger ones comes from Britain, where a two and a half pound Chihuahua has learned to heard sheep.  A story and video is on the web c/o Life with Dogs.  The Chihuahua was rescued at an early age and needed to be nursed back to health.  Its healthy enough now to move a heard of sheep around!

Feeling small and powerless?  Find your voice and take courage from these compact powerhouses.

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