Guarding Home Turf

Aug 28

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?

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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.

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The Cooper’s hesitated for a moment, but when the Red-tail got really close, it took off, but not far.

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The Cooper’s landed on a street light.  Not satisfied, the Red-tail once more gave chase.

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Finally, the threat was gone.

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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?

Good Morning!

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