I do admire crows but they can be ......
such a bother to the eagles and the hawk.
I took this series of the parent eagle by the nest early in June when I went out to the Roberts Bay nest. The crows were such a nuisance always dive bombing her. She is the eagle who raised a hawk in her nest along with three eaglets. She is a hard worker.
The hawk was just a little bobble head in the nest at this time. The mom eagle was feeding it tenderly each day and a love story developed between the mom and the baby hawk. I could hardly see the hawk, it was so tiny. I had no idea how the story of the hawk would change my life.
The hawk grew up to be fat and happy and healthy. He ate a lot of fish and learned how to survive with three eaglets who were around ten pounds and he was only around a pound and a bit. But he was smarter and so caring and a funny character. He peeped all the time for food and the eaglets loved that as food was delivered more frequently.
Then on around the end of June, early July, it was time for Spunky the hawk to learn about crows. After he fledged he landed on a roof and the crows were attacking him a lot. Just dive bombing him but never close enough to touch him. The crows just left the eaglets alone and focused their attention on the hawk completely. In other nests the crows go about schooling the eaglets and dive bombing them. The crows were smart they realized that this eaglet was white and small and they probably knew he was a hawk all the time. They dislike hawks as hawks raid their nests.
I did not get the crows in the pictures, do you know why, because I was stuck on the tripod taking video of it all. I have to figure out how to take pictures and do a video at the same time.
The little hawk had no idea he was a hawk, as he was quite sure he was a baby eagle the whole time. I am sure he thought he looked just like his siblings and his mom and dad. I think this was his first identity crises, when the crows began their aggressive lessons on Crow 101. He probably realized that he was a very special kind of eagle hawk then.
At times I thought he was scared, then he would act all confident and do some preening. He was more like a teenager learning to drive for the first time.
While the crows were dive bombing the hawk I looked over the roof where the hawk was and I could see the nest from there so I took a quick picture of the family watching the episode of crow and hawk. The education of Spunky went on for some time and the whole family was glued to it. It was like Game of Thrones only it was Game of Crows to them.
The parent or what I always call the mom eagle was very upset and would call out. She did not come over to save the hawk but called out encouragement to him. Like perhaps "get that darn crow you hawk eagle". She flew up to a higher branch and kept a keen eye on the teaching lesson by the crow family in case it got out of hand she was right there the whole time. I wondered why she did not come over. It must be an eagle thing to let you baby experience things and learn about life.
The hawk flew from one part of the roof to the next.
Little hawk soon got fed up with the lessons as all children do and flew to his hide-away, his safe, secluded tree area where the crows do not bother him. He proceeded to preen his lovely feathers and comfort himself that way. He was just to the side of the nest.
The eaglets had enjoyed the lessons very much and one stuck out her leg really far to show her appreciation of the hawk's brave attempt to figure out the crow situation in the world. The eaglets were so happy probably as the crows were only bothering the hawk and never seemed to bother the eaglets at all. The hawk was the first to fledge out of the nest so he got the lessons that all first born children do.The videos are below. The hawk was fine and not hurt in any way and this was around a month ago anyway.
I am sorry I cannot give you an update on the little hawk as he now can fly all around the bay. He has not been seen I think for two days, but he looked very good on Friday when someone saw him.
I feel bad that I cannot give you the final story. I do not know how the hawk got himself into the nest, his birth is unknown to us all and now I cannot tell you the final story. I do not live at the nest or even near the nest. If he is in someone's back yard I will never know. I am so upset that I cannot tell you a final outcome for the little hawk other than what I know. He can get his own food now and can fly all around the bay. I probably will never see him again and only the residents of the bay will see him now.
I get many questions on the hawk, like "does he have food, where is he, what did he do today, have you seen him today". Unfortunately I cannot reply to these questions as I do not live nearby and will not be going out to look for him now. The residents need to have their quiet street back and I am exhausted so will be taking a rest.
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