Raptor Wednesday

Red-tailed Hawk with captured Mourning Dove.
It’s hard to imagine these big Buteo‘s catching birds, but they certainly do.


Squirrel is also Red-tailed Hawk-able.
This particular squirrel lived to chide us all again, but not before dropping a good 15 feet from this tree when the hawk scrambled up after it. The rodent dashed for a nearby spruce, a tree with much more cover, which I happened to be near. The hawk gave chase, flying just a couple feet above ground. I’ve never been closer to a hawk, not counting captives. I actually ducked thinking the bird was head right towards me, but it suddenly veered around a tombstone instead, since that was the way the squirrel was running.

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