Sky Screamer

Perhaps a Red Tailed Hawk

Please excuse the poor photo – the subject was not cooperating. This is, I think, a red tailed hawk, one who has been hang around in the tops of the trees in the central part of our farm for several weeks and screaming at us to get our attention. It screams to me and circles above as I walk. This has been going on for a couple of years – I’m not sure if it the same one from before. Like the ghost of friends past according to some mythologies.

Long, long ago one predated our chickens, actually going into their coop. Kita went in after it. Not a happy scene for that long-ago hawk.

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8 Responses to Sky Screamer

  1. Leslie says:

    Seems the scientists are trying to catch up to what you and Katya know.

    “Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it,” said lead researcher Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, said in an email. “Praise can work as a reward only if both word meaning and intonation match.”

  2. John Benzinger says:

    Seems that you have a young red tail hawk. It is screaming FEED ME I’ve seen and heard this behavior several years now on our property in NY. One year the baby must have starved to death. It screamed all the time. Not the best way to sneak up on food.

  3. Pam R says:

    We have a lot of red tails here, our property is a favorite nesting/hunting area. Every summer from July into August, we have hawks screaming all day long. If you see them in flight you will see they are very white underneath. These are juveniles, and they are, as above poster noted, crying to be fed.

    • This noon the hawk was roosting in the cherry tree right outside the cottage door. As I came out it watched me. I waved and it took off in a tight loop right around me and then circling ever larger spirals around me and followed as I walked down to the butcher shop. I wish I had a treat to throw it and see if that is what it would like. It’s big, about the size of a raven. Not the huge ravens but the more moderate sized ones.

  4. Farmerbob1 says:

    I’m surprised you aren’t irritated at it’s presence, as it might pose a threat to newborn piglets, or perhaps even smaller weaners.

    If you do want to feed it, I suspect you might be able to spare some organ meat, unless that is removed by the butcher before you bring the carcasses back to the butcher shop?

    If you can still get on the roof of the butcher shop, that would probably be the best place to put out meat to try to feed it. Otherwise you might end up feeding one of your dogs instead.

    Also “Not a happy seen for that long ago hawk.” You meant ‘scene’ and not ‘seen.’

    And ‘long ago’ is being used as a single adjective, so you probably want to make it a single word by hyphenating it as ‘long-ago.’

    • I’ve never had evidence of the hawks killing piglets, something I have considered, although they have gone after a chicken – Kita stopped that. The dogs keep an eye on them but seem more concerned with the ravens who are confirmed as piglet killers. Again, Kita is the one who alerted me to that behavior of the ravens. See Raven Baiting and Winter Chicken Coop for details. Thanks for the typo catching – fixed!

  5. Alex Huller says:

    Hello, this is off topic, but figured you may check here. We have a farm in Ecuador and are raising pigs out in hectare paddocks with forage and feeding whey from a local cheese producer. These pigs that came from confinement have adapted tremendously well and are incredibly delicious too! (we just had the first one a few weeks ago). Quite a few of them have started to develop what look like warts on their stomach and are starting to spread. Nothing in their behavior is different, and they do not appear to be itchy. Any idea what this might be? Thanks!

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