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Old 07-07-2010, 07:34 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Greenjeans View Post
Our hawk doesn't seem to mind a photo-op. He hung around for hours despite me and my camera and binoculars pointed at him most of the afternoon. Not many birds were brave enough to come to our feeder while he was in the tree. He's returned a couple of times. One gutsy little Mockingbird tried to run him off by flying around him and making Blue Jay calls. I saw another hawk a block from here and another pair in a pine tree a block in the other direction around the same time. I don't remember ever seeing this many around here before.
Hawks do very well with human disturbances. I had this discussion with Jack Connor, ornithologist, as he lead one of our Master Naturalist classes. He said at the beginning of the 1900s, there were not a lot of red tailed hawks. The forest was not fragmented as it is now. Hawks prefer to hunt along the edges of forests/roads/human developments. So this is one species of bird that is actually benefiting from the development of man!
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