Is this a hawk?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Ksane, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Is this a hawk? If so does anyone know what kind? I'm in Oklahoma if that matters.
    It's sitting in the tree staring down at my baby chicks (who are thankfully fully covered all around).
    [​IMG]
     
  2. LAseramas KP

    LAseramas KP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    looks like it one of many to come when they find your flock they never stop coming .... good luck
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Does it have a split tail?
    if so i would say it is a swallow tailed kite
     
  4. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I can't tell, it's up in the tree and I don't have binoculars.
    LASeramas, yea I was afraid it was. It just doesn't look like a .....friendly.....bird.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    It is an adult Mississippi kite. Not a threat to poultry but will eat dragonflies and occasional small song birds, usually juveniles.
     
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  6. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Oh good! He's so pretty [​IMG] So I get to name him now, right? lol
    Edit: I just looked him up and that's certainly what he is, thank you.
     
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  7. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, Kite. We have two pairs that nest on our place. You're only a few miles north of me; we've got butt-loads of them in our area. I laugh every year at the grumping that goes on in Nichols Hills (an "old money" area) because of the nesting kites dive bombing rich folks! I would worry a little about little baby chicks free-ranging, but they are no threat to your adult birds. They mainly eat insects; cicadas and the like, but will occasionally take something as big as a mouse.
     
  8. Bettylouplus4

    Bettylouplus4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would think it is a hawk. We have a ton of hawks in Ma. red tails that looks like just diferent breed
     
  9. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Haha! I'd laugh right along with you to see Nichols Hills folks being dive bombed lol My chicks are under a roofed pen secured with chicken wire all the way up and around so they should be fine.
     

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