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The Red-tailed Hawk

A Red-tailed Hawk has been cruising the skies here near the little farm looking for something to fill its belly with.  Red-tailed Hawks are pretty common and live in Cumberland County, TN all year-long.  These birds of prey are an ivory or cream color with dark reddish-brown splotches and muted rusty-brick colored tail feathers.  They have keen eye-sight and a powerful curved bill.  They mostly eat rodents, and are useful in keeping rodent populations down.  Hawks also eat certain reptiles, small birds, ducks, and coots and bird, duck, and goose eggs.

The resident Crows are not pleased at the prospect of these hawks as new neighbors.  they often harass the hawks in flight with nips and swoops and lots of loud “caw-caw-cawing”!  The Crows want to keep the food for themselves and have been quite territorial.   The small birds and the ducks often have plenty of advance warning when hawks are around.  They hear warning  calls of those persistent Crows, and sometimes also, the warning honks of the Canada Geese.  I took these pictures in my yard on Jan. 28, 2012,  and also on Feb. 3, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "The Red-tailed Hawk" (10)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    the crows are relentless!

  2. Hi Linda, Those hawks are beautiful birds —but I’m just glad we don’t have many around here. I do know when one is in the area —thanks to the loud crows!!!! ha

    Enjoy this gorgeous day. We are going to take a long walk.

    • Hi Betsy, I hope you did enjoy the long walk. I think that the weather forecast has changed for tomorrow morning and we likely won’t get snow of any significance. Have a most wonderful day tomorrow in spite of cooler weather.

  3. We have these hawks around here and the little birds dive bomb and torment them endlessly!

  4. Aha! Finally a bird that we share even at this time of year! In winter we see them frequently atop power poles near the valley fields. In summer it’s beautiful to see them wheeling above, riding the air currents just off the high peaks.

  5. One of the most relaxing things to do in the summer is to lie on the ground and watch the hawks soar on the wind.

  6. I usually can tell when a hawk is around my yard is cleared of birds, they must all go into hiding. It is great the crows chase them away and give the songbirds a chance. Great captures.

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