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Going through my files from this past June, I found the following series showing a Red-winged Blackbird dive-bombing a Black-crowned Night Heron that had strayed too close to its nest. This all happened in less than a minute near the Ocean City Welcome Center in New Jersey.

Red-winged Blackbird dive-bombing Black-crowned Night Heron.

Red-winged Blackbird dive-bombing Black-crowned Night Heron.

Red-winged Blackbird lifting up for another punch!

Red-winged Blackbird lifting up for another dive!

Red-winged Blackbird leaving Black-rowned Night Heron in tatters.

Red-winged Blackbird chasing Black-crowned Night Heron.

Black-crowned Night Heron landing. Note gap on its back.

Black-crowned Night Heron landing. Note gap on its back.

Black-crowned Night Heron: "OMG, what was that?!"

Black-crowned Night Heron: “OMG, what was that?!”

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