Posts Tagged ‘hawk attack’

April 21, 2008

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Today the neighbors got to see it. Me, in my robe, throwing magazines up in the air towards a red shouldered hawk on my property. The hawk wasn’t impressed. The martins were doing a fine job dive bombing him/her along with my mockingbird pair. Its attack must have failed, so I doubted he would attack from such an obvious vantage point; there was no element of surprise. Perhaps it knows that at some point fledglings will be hopping about, unable to fly. hmmmm I’ll have to use my noisy boys to keep any hawks away those days.

Hawk goes away Hungry

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

collecting mudThe purple martin forum is ablaze with hawk talk. Many landlords have become victims of these attacks on their colonies. This morning, I was no different. Fortunately my ending is a happy one.

It was about 5:30 pm and the martins were on or about the housing. The day had been filled with risky martin behaviour. Their loud chatter like a beacon for all raptors saying, “Here we are, come and eat us.” All the sudden the alarm went out and a mid sized hawk shot over my left shoulder towards the housing. The martins had all dispersed only moments before and within seconds a small swarm of purple was in hot pursuit. Chasing and calling out in alarm. No purple victims this time.

The martins are still visiting the dirt road for mud. I have been watching them closely and also witnessed a female that is collecting grasses from my back yard. Which is actually an odd occurrence in this area. All the nests here are composed of pine needles except for this 1. This ASY male and SY(?) female have been adding bermuda grass to the nest.

On an off martin note; the mockingbirds have moved into egg laying mode. Their nest is complete!

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