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Juvenile But Not Delinquent!

Juvenile But Not Delinquent!

This young bird, which my husband and I believe is a juvenile Red-Tail Hawk, has been a frequent visitor to our back-yard bird-feeding station for a couple of weeks. It is probably hoping to score a meal of a small bird. We have a winter brush pile composed mostly of branches which have fallen this season from our pecan tree. This picture, which my husband took one day last week, shows the hawk perched on a branch in that pile. Many small birds visit our yard for seeds and suet and drinking water every day, especially during the very cold weather. They often shelter in the brush pile during adverse weather conditions. The hawk must have noticed the frequent visitors and thought to take advantage of them. It’s interesting to see how those smaller birds protect themselves. They take turns keeping watch from outer branches of the pecan tree, ready to sound the alarm if and when they spy a marauding predator, be it of the winged or four-footed variety. When that alarm is sounded, they all take off for shelter in dense shrubbery at the edge of the property. Our little cockatiel, who is housed in a large flight cage near an inside window which looks out across the back-yard, always sees the hawk when it arrives. His warning shrieks are better than a fire siren and we always know when the hawk (or it could be a dog or cat or skunk, or possum or raccoon) is checking out the back yard. We try to balance the bird-feeding process with the need to provide adequate shelter for those birds which are attracted to the food source.

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2 thoughts on “Juvenile But Not Delinquent!

  1. Hey, I stumbled on your post while I was writing tonight. Your little guy actually looks like an Accipiter (a genus of small forest hawks which like to frequent bird feeders in search of a quick meal). Beautiful birds, and what a great pic of one!

    • Thank you for your reply. Would Accipiters be found on the plains of Western Oklahoma? We sure don’t have many trees or forests out here. It is an unusual sighting for us – we’re more used to seeing Red-Tails. A Big Thanks for reading my post, too. Will look forward to yours also. We try to attract bats and are putting up a bat house near the garage.

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