Originally Posted by Teila
Hey appps yeah, not having Hawks around here, I am no expert but I would have thought that they need an area that they can swoop down, latch on and fly up again; open space like a runway. I would not think that they would drop out of the tree to pick up whatever it is they want. I would also think that the momentum of being in flight is what gives them the power to lift their prey; without that, they may be disadvantaged?
I will be interested to know what those more experienced think or have experienced.
Would have thought the same Teila ....they need momentum to swoop, although Fancy has had different experiences with them ( which frightens the he--ll outta me. ) ..... We have a gigantic elm tree, located in the back neighbours yard - massive spread, even over our own roof. So while it is in leaf and covering everything I don't feel so bad about the hawks ( and eagles ). Here, it is the cheeky wattle birds that give the eagles and hawks grief, while they are air-borne. I think the pee-wees join in on occasion - have seen a smaller bird harrassing them too.
Come winter however, is a different story - they have plenty of 'see it all' capability. They are frightening, and I saw on FB the comparison of an eagles talons to the fist of a human. Darn near fainted. Their talons are huge, and incredible in shape and sharpness.
As for your Dusty, beating the tripe out of the crow --- that is astonishing. I know hens can be aggressive but ....... ?
I don't like the idea of any animal or bird being hurt - even crows. But, if they are thieving, then measures have to be taken - by humans or by chooks.
I do think they are intelligent birds, and maybe with one of their own limping back, feathers missing - they will take off for pastures more gentle and soothing, than your patch of the woods. hee hee.
Edited by Anniebee - 1/10/16 at 2:18am