Warning To Purple Martins: Red Shouldered Hawk On The Prowl



We’ve had a little surprise sitting on our fence the last couple of days.  The first time (Sunday morning) we saw this Red Shouldered Hawk it was sitting on our fence.  By the time I got my camera it had flown over to the pond, and from there it quickly flew off.  Today when I woke up I look out the window and again see the Hawk.  It was early in the morning and the sun was just starting to rise.

Red Shouldered Hawk On Fence Front View

Red Shouldered Hawk On Fence Front View

I’m not sure how long the Hawk had been sitting there, but the Purple Martins were not in their house, nor were there any loud panic alarms from them.  They might have been up already feeding.

What’s even more interesting is that there was another Hawk that flew on the branch behind this one although I couldn’t get a picture of that.

This Hawk that I did get a picture of was clearly hunting.  It did jump down from the fence and grab something, I’m assuming a Lizard or a Mouse as it gulped that thing in one swoop.

Here’s a view of the back of the Hawk.  I will say one thing.  I’ve seen a few Hawks visit my backyard before, but this was the largest Hawk I’ve ever seen!

Red Shouldered Hawk On Fence Back View

Red Shouldered Hawk On Fence Back View

Don & Kate - Great shots of the hawk! This past winter, we witnessed a sharpie or coopers (it happened so fast) nail a junco right on our deck! The hawk has to eat too!June 22, 2011 – 7:01 am

texdr - I really like Hawks. I wish they would chase some Sparrows!June 22, 2011 – 8:19 pm

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