As we move into the fall, sunrise is becoming a little bit later with each passing day. This makes it more of a hit-and-miss on early morning sightings of our Red-tail friends.
Today I saw a hawk on a roof top. It was small, so it wasn’t a Red-tail. This looked like a Cooper’s since it was much smaller. Hmmm… home turf being taken over by a Cooper?
This is a job for….
A few minutes later one of the kids came flying in and for sure it was headed to where the Cooper was standing.
The Cooper’s hesitated for a moment, but when the Red-tail got really close, it took off, but not far.
The Cooper’s landed on a street light. Not satisfied, the Red-tail once more gave chase.
Finally, the threat was gone.
That’s how you defend your home turf! I wonder how the young Red-tails (or any bird for that matter) kids learn what is prey, a threat or something you need to high-tail away from. Instinct?