Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A cold bitter windy morning with the female red-tailed hawk flat on the nest this morning. By the afternoon the sky was blue, sun was shinning (still cold) but activity had started on the nest again. Went out for lunch and could hear the red- tails talking on the nest. Both male and female were up there. The male left to go to the woods and continue to bring fresh branches to the nest. As I approached my car he circled the parking lot very low with a branch in his talons. Amazing. The male went back to the nest and circled again. What a show. This went on a couple of times. My friend Miyuki was amazed at how large he was. Late afternoon I looked out to see the female on the nest only her head up and looking around but in the air 2 red-tail hawks were flying by. All of a sudden out of the woods the male red-tailed hawk chased after them. He circled them and chased them out of his territory. They did a bit of a dance but eventually they left. I did not see the male come back - I assume he was escorting them to the border.
Note from Colin: When ever intruders fly over below the 'safety zone', "resident" birds, Redtails and other raptors, will always escort intruders our of their territory.
On another note: Arrived home to have the fox sitting in my yard again.