Today, May 31st was the first that we seen our orioles do something right before our eyes. So we get crows in our backyard all the time, but this one crow that clearly came for food got an very unwelcome greetings from our male Baltimore Orioles.
They kept swooping down at the crow, and the crow wasn't really willing to leave but the males were persistent in making the crow leave. So the crow moves around from spot to spot in our backyard to the fence across the alley. But the orioles were not satisfied until it left the premises, so the crow decide to take off and the orioles came swooping down at it then chase it to where our lilacs and woodpile is.
After watching that whole thing happen, I quickly went to search up reasons why the orioles would do that because this is the first that we've seen them do it. From a couple things that I've read, the reason behind this attack is to protect their territory, their nest.
Now we just realizes that the boy from last year nesting, along with his mate had to have built their nest in one of our trees in our yard. We say this because we would always constantly hear them in those trees, so maybe they felt that the crow was invading their territory as well being a threat to their nest.