Documenting the Diversity of Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Wildlife Since 2005
Red-tailed Hawk – Addison Airport
I first spotted the Red-tailed Hawk as he sat perched atop a small tower near the north end of the runway.
Soon after I saw him, he was mobbed by a murder of American Crows. Ganging up on birds of prey is a favorite activity of crows. It is a sport they really seem to relish. The crows chased this hawk from one spot to another, before they bored and moved on.
With the crows gone, the Red-tailed Hawk’s mate felt comfortable joining him. The two hawks sat together for several minutes before the male was inspired to try and impress his partner.
The male left his perch and swooped down, pouncing on something unseen in the tall grass. After much jockeying and contriving, the male hawk took to the air with his prize and carried it over to show his mate.
As it turns out, the item the hawk brought to her was just a worthless scrap of black plastic sheeting. The female was duly unimpressed and she promptly left.
In her absence, the crows were immediately inspired to return, and they finally succeeding driving the hapless hawk away for good.