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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rebbetzin, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    This morning I was surprised to see this hawk at the birdbath.

    She, I think it's a she, let me come very close to her( about 6 to 8 feet) and get her photo I took about 30 photos! Some with the flash, and she just looked at me, no fear.

    I think she is pretty. I won't be letting my chickens free range anytime soon.

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  2. kichohana

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oooooooh she is quite beautiful - and a large bird! i would be keeping an extra eye on my chickies too![​IMG]
     
  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that's a sharp-shinned hawk, I think. By all means, keep an eye on your smaller chickens, especially.
     
  4. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought he'd have a drink while waiting for a snack.
     
  5. WillieBoy

    WillieBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats not a sharp-shinned , they are very small for a hawk. It looks like a Paragin Falcon to me,spelling is off, i know....
    Beautiful animal....HIDE CHICKENS....!
     
  6. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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    wow! huge!!!!! beautiful photo. [​IMG]
     
  7. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:No not a Peregrine Falcon , they have black marking below eyes. They take birds right out of the air, at dives of up to 200 mile per hour. Mostly pigeon.


    Cooper Hawk
     
  8. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Quote:No not a Peregrine Falcon , they have black marking below eyes. They take birds right out of the air, at dives of up to 200 mile per hour. Mostly pigeon.


    Cooper Hawk

    Have to agree with deerman, it looks bigger than a sharp shinned so it is probably a coopers. Very pretty bird and would definitely watch for it when allowing your chickens to free range!
     
  9. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This time of year it is probably passing through and stopped for a little take out/fast food.
     
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm, our Cooper's don't look like this. I have some photos on my blog a few posts back. The head shape is different as are the red markings. But, it does have that dark cap that Cooper's have, so it could possible.

    I agree, falcons are different, they aren't as red in the front and the eyes and head are different. Falcons also take out a lot of shorebirds and even full-grown ducks.
     
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