Hawk troubles

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DianaC, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. DianaC

    DianaC New Egg

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    One day a hawk, I think it was a redtailed hawk, dive bombed my Rhode Island reds. I chased it away and all 9 chickens are safe, but now I'm worried because I let them run out in the yard and I don't dare leave them alone. Ever since, the hawk seems to be casing the joint and there are frequent flyovers. Should I be worried?

    Here are a couple of pictures of the evil bird:

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  2. KLH2010

    KLH2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no help--sorry--but those are great pictures!
     
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Yes, you should be worried. If your birds are full grown you don't have to worry as much.

    Hawks are not evil.

    I'm not sure that it is a red-tailed hawk. Not that it matters. I would need to see photos of it in flight and hear its call. Your pictures are great but the angles and color changes from the lighting make it hard for me to ID.
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Beautiful bird and great pics!!!! Definitely not a red-tailed, though! Isn't he just beautiful? [​IMG]
     
  5. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Not a red tail. Beautiful pics, though!

    Uhhhhhhh, maybe a Cooper's? Hmph, it's been too long since I seriously tried to ID hawks. But redtails usually have a mostly white breast, with a necklace/bar across the chest. --- edited to say no, I'm an idiot, that's not a Cooper's either. Hmmmmmm....

    This is a red tail. Let's see if this works -- sorry if the pic comes out too big!

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    Last edited: Jun 27, 2008
  6. DianaC

    DianaC New Egg

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    How does Red-shouldered hawk sound? I've done a bit of researching on the net and the pictures seem to match pretty well. I'm in California near Oakland.
     
  7. maco5

    maco5 Out Of The Brooder

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    sure looks like a cooper's hawk to me!
    their main diet is pigeons and doves, but would take a chicken if possible!
     
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You should be very worried. One of these with a red tail , ate one of my African Gray parrots, right in front of my face!!!

    The are VERY DANGEROUS predators.
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Immature Cooper's Hawk?
     
  10. amazondoc

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