I told friends just the other day that I thought I had finally de-coded Kingbirds. They really do see the world
very simply. If you are NOT cool enough to be a Kingbird, you then fall into one of two categories; one is something they
can eat (actually this group is fairly narrow), and the other is something to be used
for their punching bag. I am not sure if I was believed as I related this new hypothesis.
Just today, however, I think I might be vindicated. I stopped by the recently
fledged Eastern Kingbird family, and watched while the three fledglings
were fed. One adult took off very suddenly after what I thought was a
bug; turns out it was an osprey. Yes, folks - an osprey. Or - since it
wasn't a bug, it was a possible punching bag.