Raptor Wednesday

Well, energy makes the world go ’round.

The transmutation of duckling into hawk… this mature Red-tailed Hawk made two passes over the edge of the Sylvan Water recently, to the accompaniment of loud duck squawking. The second pass was successful.

This was the other Red-tailed that showed up soon afterwards. No duckling on the menu for this one, at least while I was around. On Tuesday, I’d counted fourteen ducklings on Sylvan with a female Mallard. There were none after this incident on Thursday. On Wednesday, Green-Wood staff and an animal rescuer got a bunch of ducklings out of a storm drain and released them in Dell Water.

Here’s one of them. It’s tough out there for ducklings.

2 Responses to “Raptor Wednesday”


  1. 1 Sherry Felix May 12, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    A fellow has to eat. Poor little Ducky.

  2. 2 Chuck McAlexander May 12, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    It comes as a big surprise to many new birdets that nature is not a cartoon replete with friendly, dancing carnivores celebrating friendship with species really on their menu. A friend once told me he totally believed and understood the biblical reference to the lion lying down with the lamb. All that is required is frequent replacement of the lamb.


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