Hawks Are Hunting My Koi!



While debating on who should get out of bed because it was cold, Leecy yells, “holy crap, there’s a big bird!”

As we both dash out of bed to look at the backyard window, I noticed a huge Hawk sitting in my Maple Tree right above my Koi pond.  That sucker was looking for a meal!

It’s not unusual for us to see a Hawk, but it is unusual for the Hawk to land on my Maple Tree and stare at the Koi in my Koi pond.  This particular Hawk was a Red Shouldered Hawk (at least that’s what I think it is).

Red Shouldered Hawk Hunting Koi

Red Shouldered Hawk Hunting Koi

After sitting in the Maple Tree for about 10 minutes, this bird had the audacity to fly down even closer to the Pond and land on a moss covered rock.

Red Shouldered Hawk Sitting On Moss Rock Hunting Koi

Red Shouldered Hawk Sitting On Moss Rock Hunting Koi

Fortunately, we have netting covering the Pond to keep the leaves from falling in there, and perhaps that’s about the only reason it didn’t grab one of my Koi and have a nice meal.

To make things even more interesting, as I was sitting out in the backyard this evening, I notice another Hawk sitting in a tree.  If I’m not mistaken, this one was a Red Tailed Hawk (sorry the picture is not that great and the branches are distracting).

I’ve been corrected by Peter P, who has informed me this is a Red Shouldered Hawk, and not a Red-Tailed Hawk.

That Hawk was in the trees behind my backyard, which is where I’m used to seeing them.

Red Shouldered Hawk Stalking Prey

Red Shouldered Hawk Stalking Prey

Has anyone with a Koi or Goldfish Pond ever experienced Hawks hunting your fish?

Griffin Kanter-Kennedy - When I still worked for Shell Oil in a downtown office, a co-worker shared that an owl was hunting in his koi pond. He had to redesign the edges of the pond so that the koi had a place to hide from the owl.February 14, 2011 – 7:12 am

texdr - I’ve always been fortunate and never had any Herons or Owls (that I’m aware of) go after my koi. I guess right now I may be lucky since I have the net over the pond, but come Spring and Summer I might have to do some redesigning myself. Fortunately the pond is about 3 feet deep, so if they are quick, they can hideFebruary 14, 2011 – 9:13 pm

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