I stumbled across these pictures and thought about the funny story behind them. Last summer, I was working in my yard while my then 2 year old daughter was playing on the steps. Suddenly, I heard her yelling, “Not nice, not nice”. I looked and she was no longer on the steps but standing in the drive way looking into the neighbor’s yard. She pointed to a pair of mocking birds and again said, “Not nice”. Suddenly one of the birds dove down and the other followed. They swooped on to a small black racer, picked him up about a foot off the ground and dropped him twice as I watched. They would alternately swoop and peck him, each time drawing a rebuke from the three old about playing nicely. I laughed and picked this little fella up.
We looked him over and the set him loose into a briar and blackberry patch. Would you believe those birds followed us and sat until they realized he was not coming back out?