We were at a local park this weekend, when we heard a Red-tailed Hawk call high above us. Looking up we spotted three Red-tailed Hawks circling several hundred feet above us.

As we watched, the hawks interacted with each other by flying closer together, and then separating rapidly. During this time, several more calls were heard, and the hawks continued generally circling together.

After a short while, the hawk’s flight carried them further to the north, and we lost sight of them.

Several more minutes passed, and we heard another loud Red-tailed Hawk call. Looking around, we spotted a hawk diving out of the sky from several hundred feet up. The dive was nearly vertical, and he was calling all of the way down. He disappeared behind a group of trees approximately 150 yards/meters to the east.

After only 3 or 4 minutes, we again heard a Red-tailed Hawk call, and this time a large hawk emerged from behind the trees to the east. The hawk flew out from behind the trees, less than 25 yards/meters up in the air, and then circled over our position.

As this bird circled above us, rising on a thermal, a second Red-tailed Hawk emerged from behind the same set of trees following the first, and flying over our heads.

Finally, just a few moments later, a third Red-tailed Hawk emerged from behind the trees and also flew over our position, following the first two hawks into the air.

As we watched, the three hawks continued to fly together until they had moved far enough to the north for us to lose sight of them.

DateMarch 11, 2007
Time of DayNoon
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Type of BehaviorMating
ObserverChris Jackson

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