Red-Shouldered Hawk on Our Cupola

The Red-Shouldered Hawk on the Cupola

The Red-Shouldered Hawk on the Cupola

Yesterday morning I arose a little later than usual as it was raining and there would be no bird banding.  I opened the curtain beside my bed and was delighted to see a Red-Shouldered Hawk sitting on top of the barn cupola.  They are welcome residents in our neighborhood, often sitting on my garden fence in hopes of scoring a vole for breakfast.  Since voles moved in three years ago, it has been a pitched battle for me to save my vegetables from the voles voracious appetites.  Voles can have up to a dozen vole babies every 21 days and the females can reach sexual maturity at three weeks of age.  Fortunately voles are highly sought after by predators and the Hawks and Owls help keep the population down.  We know this by the pellets they cough up around the yard as they are always full of vole fur.  “Our” hawk was soaking wet and was being dive-bombed by a pair of crows.

Hawk Right After an Attack by Crows

Hawk Right After an Attack by Crows

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    Carla said,

    That looks like a delightful neighbor indeed. 🙂

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