Alarms will sound

I was struck by the extraordinary amount of bird noise I heard all around me. It’s late in the breeding season, so the territorial and mating songs are mostly done with for the year, but the air was still full of bird calls. Cardinals, Starlings, Mockingbirds, at the least, coming from several trees around me. And then I noticed the cause of all the ruckus:Buteo jamaicensisA Red-tailed Hawk perched overhead. One Mockingbird made repeated forays nearby, flashing the white stripes on its wings, buzzing loudly, and landing just about two feet from the bird on the edge of the bare branch the hawk perched on. The hawk seemed to pay no attention to all the fuss. Here it does some belly grooming amid the hullabaloo.

3 Responses to “Alarms will sound”

  1. 1 Maril July 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    This week the crows and bluejays went wild when a red tailed hawk attacked and made off with, a baby jay. Usually I see the hawk successfully chased away by the others.

  2. 2 natureintheburbs July 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I left work today and heard a big hubbub next to the parking lot near the trees. Seconds later, there was the red-tail!!

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