Psa:it's hawk migration season in New England

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cayugaducklady, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was the scene over my backyard just a few minutes ago! There are 12 different birds circling over my property and my ducks are super nervous! [​IMG]
     
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  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    I don't live there, but I like your PSA idea. [​IMG]
     
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How far north are you? It seems early still for the migration to have begun.

    Are any of those birds turkey vultures? Very possible there's something worth scavenging over there.

    The birds are rightfully freaked out however.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    We have been hearing a number of hawk calls. The crows are our allies and give us early warning signals. Glad the day pen is fenced across the top.
     
  5. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd rather not say where I live but its near the Appalachian trail in the northern section of the trail. Our leaves are already changing (Elms poplars and maples) and it's been unseasonably dry since August.

    They're broad winged hawks.

    https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id

    We live on the ridge line of a mountain. They were skimming the roof before they caught thermals so we got really good looks at their feathers and faces and more hawk calls than I care to hear again.

    It was eerie. Everything went silent... crickets songbirds jays. Then the doves flew out of the millet "field" I planted for the ducks. And then the hawks started circling. My poor ducks were trapped under patio furniture until they finally left the area. They lingered for about a half an hour before they flew over to the next ridge line.

    It didn't feel safe to snap a pic of the birds skimmming my roof while my ducks were out free ranging in the back yard/ hiding under patio furniture.

    At one point it looked like they might try to scare them out from under the furniture but for whatever reason they just flew over the woods and used thermals to gain some altitude before they disappeared.

    I'm carrying a hoe with me now any time the ducks are out and I'n the only human out with them.
     
  6. Amiga

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