What was this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by my5hens, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. my5hens

    my5hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was out feeding my hens late this afternoon - it was almost dark out - and this bird flew onto a tree in my yard. I looked up at it because it was watching the girls intensly like it was going to attack.
    I was sure it was a hawk, but it looked skinny and it didnt have a fanned out tail like I normally see on them. It had a long skinny tail. The bird was greyish and brownish and whitish colors. The beak looked hooked but also not as severe as a hawk....but of the preditor type.
    So I'm guessing it really was a hawk, or a young hawk, or something else?

    I live in Southern California.
     
  2. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a Falcon?
     
  3. Frankallen

    Frankallen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hawks don't hunt at nite....but Owls do???
     
  4. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It still could have been a hawk. Some hawks are nocturnal. The tail may also have just been closed if it was perching in the tree. I've noticed that a lot of hawks appear to have a long and skinny tail when it's not being used for flight.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Long skinny tail is typical of a Cooper's hawk - approximately crow sized bird but generally somewhat slimmer. Death on small to medium sized chickens and if hungry enough they will attack standard sized birds.
     

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