This Red-tailed Hawk was observed sitting atop an old concrete structure, which I assume is an abandoned grain silo of some type. The Hawk was approximately 300yd/274m away, but he could still be heard calling to another unseen hawk nearby. The second hawk’s replies could also be easily heard in spite of the distance.
This hawk was harassed at various times by jays and mockingbirds while I watched. Blue Jays, American Crows, and Northern Mockingbirds find it amusing to harass and harry Red-tailed Hawks. It is a very common, but odd, sight to see these small birds make repeated attacks on the much larger and well armed hawk. Often it seems as if the marauding is done simply for the sport.
|Date||–||July 7, 2004|
|Time of Day||–||Afternoon|
|Temperature||–||Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)|
|Type of Behavior||–||Congregating, Irritation, Surveying|