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Roger's noisy young Red-shouldered Hawk
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- Subject: Roger's noisy young Red-shouldered Hawk
- From: "Travis, Ginger" <Ginger@athena.dev.unc.edu>
- Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 10:53:44 -0400
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Roger's bird that calls loudly all day long could be a recent fledgling. And
it may have come from close by.
South of Chapel Hill there's a yard where 3 Red-shouldereds fledged two or
three weeks ago, and the youngsters never shut up. They will scream for
another few weeks and then they'll disperse. At least, this was the pattern
in 1999 when a pair of Red-shouldereds used the same nest tree and fledged
There was no evidence then or now that the shrieking scares other birds
away. In fact, the young hawks don't seem to get much respect. In 1999 I
once saw one down on the lawn looking at a squirrel 15 feet away. You could
see the thoughts forming in that young hawk's head: that thing looks good!
How do I catch it? So it flew at the squirrel, which easily sidestepped the
hawk and scampered to safety. The hawk still hadn't figured out the
requirements for stealth and a running start.
I think it's a great day whenever I see a hawk, so I hope yours stays,
Roger, and that you enjoy it.
Chapel Hill, N.C.