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That Red-Tailed Hawk seems to like my backyard Oak Tree to perch and rest.  I do not think the bird roosts or sleeps in the tree overnight.  I occasionally see this Hawk in the trees around the lake while out on my walks in the morning.  I can tell you that the Hawk stays put in the tree for upwards of an hour or more at times here.  When the Hawk is in residence all of the smaller animals such as the Grey Squirrels and the Eastern Chipmunks stay out of sight.  A few of the bigger birds such as the Crows and the Eastern Blue Jays do fly around and even perch in the same tree as the Hawk at times.  I know that occasionally a gang of Crows will come by and tease and annoy the Hawk.  It must be a territorial sort of thing but I am no expert on bird behavior so I do not know for certain.  The Red-Tailed Hawk like many of the birds has grown a thick downy coat of feathers which helps it keep warm.  It has been very cold here lately.  I am very glad to see the Hawk and am equally glad when it flies off to visit other places.  I took these pictures on January 11, 2011 and January 12, 2011 from my window and my deck.  The Hawk did not seem disturbed when I went outside to snap the pictures.  A very placid bird.   Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.

Comments on: "The Red-Tailed Hawk Returns to the Shoreline Oak" (7)

  1. Beautiful pictures of the hawk, Linda… Our crows do the same thing –and run him off from our area.. I always like to think that the crows are protecting our little birds from the hawk.


    • Hi Betsy, No sign of that Hawk today at all. Lots and lots of ducks of all kinds here. Beautiful weather, isn’t it? Have a super fine day & I hope you’ll be able to get out and about soon when the streets are safe.

  2. He is rather majestic, all right. Have you ever seen a bigger bird flying, and the little ones flying around it, attacking it? I have many times. Usually a crow and then tiny birds.

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, as a matter of fact, I have seen that very thing. It is amazing that the small birds seem to challenge larger ones. Have a really nice day tomorrow!

  3. Nice one Linda – looks very cold! Raptors often get mobbed by other birds, especially crows. They are protecting their food sources! They will be particularly territorial at the moment when food sources are not so plentiful.

    • Hi Helen, I believe you are correct. I think that the Crows and Blue Jays are showing that exact behavior. Thank you for your insightful comments! Have a wonderful day today!

  4. You were very lucky to get those good looks at him! They are awesome birds!

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