Red-winged Blackbirds vs Red-shouldered Hawk

A few weeks ago my brother and I took our kids out to the Cutler Wetland to try out our new binoculars.  We watched some wading birds foraging in shallows, while the kids kept themselves busy looking through the wrong ends of their binoculars.  They ended up discovering a snake egg.  Other than the egg and the usual cast of waders, there wasn’t much else going on at the Wetland so we decided to see what might be happening on the other side of a small embankment across the road.  There we discovered a group of Red-winged Blackbirds harassing a Red-shouldered Hawk.  The hawk stood his ground stoically, as the blackbirds scolded him and dive-bombed the area around him, making sure not to get too close.  I grabbed my camera and crept in as close as I dared to squeeze off a few shots.  Eventually I got close enough that the hawk decided to relocate himself.  He turned and flew away, keeping close to the ground with several red-winged blackbirds hot on his trail, probably thinking that they had finally succeeded in warding him off.

Red-winged Blackbird harassing a Red-shouldered Hawk
Dive-bomb!
I’m ignoring you.
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)