Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Our neighborhood Red-tailed Hawk makes a scene!

On Saturday afternoon I pulled into our neighborhood after picking my daughter up from work. There were several cars pulled over and I couldn't figure out what the fuss was all about until I saw this ....


Oh jeesh, he's at it again!

The RTH that is always hanging around our neighborhood was sitting on top of someone's Volvo with a dead squirrel, holding a captive audience.

Immediately I pulled over and started taking pictures. I also told my daughter she would have to walk home because I wasn't missing this. It's okay though, our house is only next door.

I took a couple hundred pictures so there's isn't any way to show you as many as I would like on my blog. Plus some of them are rather graphic, so if you would like to see more please click on the photo album below.


Red-tailed Hawk

Just a side note. After trying for a year I was finally able to retrieve the full band # from his leg. Talk about exciting! I sent it out right away to a gentleman (Danny) who had been trying to help me ID this RTH recently. This is what he emailed back:

Thanks for getting the number. This is a rehabilitated bird banded in Maine in 2008. Its behavior suggests that it probably imprinted on humans during the rehabilitation process. This is an example of why we are not keen on the banding of rehabilitated birds. Often such birds get themselves into some kind of mischief or other and we end up getting a bad rap because the bird was banded.

What kind of mischief do you think Danny's talking about? He also recommended I report this bird to www.reportband.gov, which I did. They told me he was banded on May 20, 2008 to be exact and will email me a Certificate of Appreciation with additional information about this bird. When I find out more I'll let you know!

33 comments:

hip chick said...

That is amazing! I have never seen anything like that! Really cool that you were able to get the band number and find more info. about RTH.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great series of pictures. What a magnificent bird. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

Sharon the Bird Detective - good job! And I'll skip the other pictures because I'm sure he is ripping that squirrel to pieces and eating it!

Kerri said...

Fabulous post Sharon! How neat to get so close to one of these creatures. But I bet the owner of the car he was one was not too happy.

Carolynn said...

He's absolutely gorgeous. There's something about the raptors that I find particularly attractive...maybe it's the bad boy image I go for.

I'm all for rehabilitation programs. Frankly, the animals are often in a state of distress in the first place because of some harmful encounter with a human. Don't get me started...! ;o)

Excellent photos, as usual.

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

He's a beauty! Great investigative photo work on your part.

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

The Good Life in Virginia said...

a terrific series of captures ms. sharon...a beautiful hawk he is. loved the photo essay ^..^

dAwN said...

Hee hee...Sharon that is so exciting! Neat that you got the number and found out what that bird was all about..no wonder if felt comfortable around people..Guess that gave you a great photo op!
Let us know when u find out more!

dAwN said...

Ok ..looked at the other photos! Great shots! so who is going to go back to their car and find the bloody mess with body parts? ugh

Kim said...

LOL Sharon, I am sitting her in my office cracking up here! I can only imagine what the owner thought! I would consider it an honor!!!

What FANTASTIC pictures you took and such interesting information regarding the hawk.

The Early Birder said...

Super series of pictures Sharon & great to be able to learn something of its history.
Cheers FAB.

Cindy said...

Sharon, what a great series of pictures. I love when there is an opportunity to get such clear close up shots. Wonder how the car roof was afterwards? It was for a good cause, though.

Rita said...

Jow exciting!! And what awesome photos.
Rita

The Retired One said...

How exciting!!
He is gorgeous.
You did a great job getting all the shots, too.
He probably was listening to you as you shot him....that is what I swear happened with the partridge I took, too.
We are bird whisperers. ha

forestal said...

Fantastic Sharon - you got some great shots indeed. I would hate to be the one to clean the car after hehe

dan

dog trot farm said...

Girl you are impressive!

Cindy said...

Wow! He's gorgeous. Great catch.

Donna Marie said...

What a beauty!

xoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

MaineBirder said...

Awesome series Sharon! Maybe it came from the rehabilitation clinic near York, Maine.

Blood and all, I wouldn't mind walking out and seeing that Hawk on my car!

A New England Life said...

The car belongs to my next door neighbors, daughters, boyfriend. Got that? hee hee I guess he was a little freaked out by what was left on the top of his car so he had the daughter/girlfriend remove it. He's a city boy so he's not used to all the wildlife around here. Not that we live in the country but to him that's what it's like.

John, I didn't know there was a rehab center for wildlife near York, Me. For some reason I keep thinking Kittery, Me was where the banding was done but I don't know why. Maybe I heard it someplace, not sure. Either way he didn't travel far.

I don't think I mentioned it before but a couple people who stopped to watch asked if he was my pet because I was able to get so close to him! I swear he looks at me like he knows me, which after taking so many pictures of him this past year, I suppose he does!

Sharon

Genny said...

Amazing photos of an incredible bird. Thank you for sharing those!

Steve B said...

Good job!

Patti Cakes said...

Remarkable. If I'd been there I would have been snapping away too.

Jane said...

How wonderful to get a close up of a magnificant bird such as him, we have buzzards here but I can never get close enough to capture them, looks like he has some prey there too.

Jayne said...

That is SO cool! Uh, how was the owner of the Volvo feeling about all the squirrel entrails on the car... lol! Wonderful series of shots Sharon, and KUDOS to you for getting that band number. Seems to me he was just a RTH being a RTH!

Amy said...

Great shot! I like the red tail feathers. And what a noble profile!

Country Girl said...

Sharon,
Your photography is incredible! I love this shot and am clicking on the album to see more.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - beautiful bird. He probabley did recognize you from taking photos of him before. :)
Glenda

Susan said...

Wow - not only the shots of the hawk, just amazing, but the banding info and finding out the history - terrific!

Andy said...

Exciting news and great capture too!

Tina said...

Well, I guess I would say you were in the right place at the right time...wow on top of a volvo..but that owner loved that...what a picture of the amazing creature..glad you stopped ...I don't think I could have driven past either..!!!!

Eve said...

That is so cool Sharon! I think the only trouble he could get in at my house would be SITTING ON MY CAR!!!!!! I would have to shush him off there for sure! Your other posts are just beautiful and the fly fishing one is very funny...
gret posts!

Valerie said...

Just a fabulous set of pictures! Not sure I would have been brave enough to get so near. Thanks for sharing. What a gorgeous bird!