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!