A sudden, most angry cacophony
interrupted a peaceful walk.
Three of them gathered around one
as one more pinned it to the ground.
Usually I will not interfere
but, bullying is bullying
and, as the crow being attacked cried out
I too gave out the loudest shout.


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*This happened this morning. I didn’t take that pic. But, it shows how one crow had pinned another down and was peck, peck, pecking at it and the poor thing couldn’t move and all it’s small bum fluff underneath down feathers were starting to be plucked out. I knew it was going to get hurt soon if the bird got skin and, I couldn’t stand by and do nothing. There were another three crows all cackling and waiting to have a go too. So, I shouted and they ignored me, so I shouted and raised my arms again and went towards the one pinned down, hoping the rest wouldn’t attack my little dog Timmy…LOL Anyway, it must have been a bit of a scare to them because the bully let go long enough for the one pinned down to get away. What a racket they were all making. The others all gave chase but it got away enough. So three ended up in one tree swearing and cursing and the one being bullied ended up across the road in another tree with its mates, giving itself a clean up. LOL

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

29 thoughts on “Bully”

  1. Yes! Crows can be bullies and so can magpies! I have seen magpies viciously bully their young! I too would try to stop the battle! It’s just not right! Descriptive poem!

  2. Bullying is bullying … this definitely speaks to me on a deeper level. It’s too bad you had to see this but it lifts my heart to hear you stopped it!

  3. I would have done the same thing! I had just read a couple of days ago that a group of crows are called a ‘murder’ because they will sometimes murder their own. I think that was what you were witnessing…surely that poor bird would have been a goner…

  4. what a great capture of a scene and sentiment..you made me hear it..Crows are odd birds sometimes aren’t they? real nice poem- could actually mean a lot more when analysed at a deeper level

  5. I hate to think that it is just part of nature, but happy in the thought that stepping in to help another(whatever species) is also part of nature. Good job! 🙂

  6. it is spring here. the magpies begin to fight. they have beautiful voices but fierce beaks and i have found 2 dead on the park. i am glad you saved someone. =)

  7. That’s so sad, it would have affected me in the same manner. Bullying is horrible. I wish it didn’t exist or if it’s just a way of like than pick on someone that’s already up rather than when someone is already down.

  8. If I saw butterflies on a web, I’d free them, then catch two houseflies and stick ’em there as replacements!

    I commend your stepping in, hon. Bullies are the worst, and a synapse goes off in me… I go in speaking loudly and with authority. Hmmm, guess that would work on crows, too. Crows and Blue Jays are two of the worst bullies in our neck of the woods.

    I can just hear the crows yelling back, “We’ll get you, my pretty… and your little dog, too!” Hold tight to the leash! Love, Amy

  9. What? You didn’t want the crow to eat crow? hahaha couldn’t help myself. But yeah that is so uncrow like, they usually just attack garbage.

  10. It’s hard isn’t it to leave nature to nature… I once tried to save two butterflies caught in a spiders web…and all I could think was the poor spider will starve… anyway wonderful poem!

  11. Way to go! When I was young, hundreds of crows would fly over my house at a time. Used to freak me right out.
    I love how you translated this moment into this form.

  12. Certainly curious..wonder if it was a family fight. I guess such things go on across species…maybe he was “voting” for the wrong party (ha). But the metaphor holds up and the huitain was well crafted and accomplished. Great job!

  13. I guess bullies are everywhere, cross species. I had to laugh, though, at the image of you trying to stop them. I would’ve done the same thing.

  14. Wow–glad you stood up for the victim. Liked the poem too, but was cheering you on so much for standing up to the big, feathered bully I had to read it again.

  15. oh my…what an encounter on a quiet walk…glad you scared the attacker away and helped that weaker one…that says much of you..

  16. bullying is no good regardless of the circumstances….ugh…glad you intervened…and crows or whatever i wish more did it when they saw it…seeing them turn awaty hurts almost as much as the bullying…

  17. What vivid imagery … and thank you for intevening…I agree…bullying is bullying no matter what the species.
    Thank you for the commentary also…it completed the questions I had about the encounter.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  18. Identifying with the victim and refusing to be victimized! What a model for action this poem is. It’s great that the victim is minimally identified and that the attackers could be any animal or even human. Bravo for this quick and breath holding poem.

    (I wrote about bullies today too.

  19. Yikes, what a sight to encounter on your walk. Glad you were able to shoo the bully crows away and save the poor bullied one.

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