Crow Hawk

The hawk that has been visiting my backyard has as friend. On Sunday, blog reader Giannine watched the video I posted and suggested that the bird is a broad-winged hawk. Later that day, I spotted the hawk sunning itself on the deck railing. A few hours later I saw it again, perched on the pool slide. I made the mistake of zooming in on the video camera, which put the bird out of focus. As I crept up with the camera, the video reveals that there are two hawks on the slide.

The weather was beautiful on Sunday. I had the windows open and could hear a flock of crows making a huge commotion. They don’t seem to feel the same way I do about the hawks. As I approached with the camera, the hawk let out a screech and flew deeper into the woods. Its voice made me think that it might be a red-shouldered hawk.

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3 Responses to Crow Hawk

  1. Cassie says:

    Frank it might also be a Coopers hawk. They are pretty common in East TN even this time of year. This is a great site to help identify birds in TN.
    http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/details.cfm?displayhabitat=forest&sort=aounumber&typename=FOREST&uid=09042418212161525&commonname=Cooper's%20Hawk

  2. Cassie says:

    Whoops just read further down and saw your link to their site.

  3. Giannine says:

    You definitely have two hawks on that slide! A mating pair, perhaps? You need binoculars!

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