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Those Red Tail Hawks are everywhere!

Category: Potpourri | Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:27 am

Well this week has just been nutty. I have been doing my part as a volunteer preparing for a private school fundraising auction. While I was at one of the co-chairs home the other day and getting ready to leave I heard this wild screech. I looked around and didn't see anything. I saw her barn cat hanging out trying to get warm in the late morning sun. I got in my car and shivered while waiting for it to warm up when I heard the screech again, but it had to be closer because the motor was running. I looked to the left and up in this very large hemlock tree, there it was, the Red Tail Hawk! It spread its wings and began to glide right towards me! I had a moment of 'what is this thing going to do?'....then I remembered the CAT sitting in the sun.. I quickly turned and saw the Hawk trying to come in for its kill, but the cat was wise and ran into the barn.

I was at her home again most of the morning and mentioned what I had seen the other day. She didn't know that there were these birds around. She seemed a bit alarmed but felt confident that her 'barn cat' (rescued from a shelter) would be able to hold his own. Maybe so. But, I told her, if your cat goes missing any one of these days or has injuries, then it could very well be from that hawk since I saw it trying to get her cat.

I have been seeing quite a bit of them all over the place. On the highway heading to her home there was one sitting in between North and South bound right on a jersey barrier. I thought WOW not at all spooked by the cars and noise. I saw another one as I approached my exit and it was sitting on top of a light pole.

I really don't recall seeing so many in such a small area. I think they are here and surviving no matter what the environment and elements are offering. They are really pretty birds and I really do hope more show up in my yard!

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glendann wrote on Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:05 am:

I have seen quiet a few here since the Entergy company mowed their right away .I think they are after the field mice.They could be after cats too.


Droopy wrote on Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:26 am:

If a hawk actually goes after a cat, I'd say that is a brave bird! How big are they, I wonder? Our hawks would end up as the cat's dinner if they tried a stunt like that. *lol* It must have been a spectacular sight.

cheerz2you wrote on Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:19 pm:

The hawk looks to be approx. 1 foot long while sitting. The wing span was about equal as it came towards me. I have a convertible, although it was freezing, I thought 'what if it was nice out and the top was down?' I think I would have screamed and tried to duck for cover. There is so much snow on the ground that they have been going after squirels, and this cat was a normal sized cat. So this hawk must have been hungry to go after anything.

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