Raptor 12 o’clock.

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Duke
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Raptor 12 o’clock.

Postby Duke » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:45 am

I was taking a nice walk this evening at West Guth park when I noticed a large hawk, I’m thinking a Red tail hawk. He was taking advantage of the brisk winds and doing some nice acrobatic turns and flips. He would hover on the winds and then swoop down along a hillside. As I was walking along I noticed he was hovering over the Martin houses at the edge of the park. While he was hovering over the houses the Martins were hovering well above him keeping a safe distance. This Hawk knows the Martins addresses and I’m thinking he will be back. The Martins know to keep a safe distance and hopefully they will. On another note I have witnessed Hawks swoop in crashing through oak tree branches chasing the local White wing doves. It’s a sight to see.

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Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

Postby SMJohnson » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:53 pm

How low was the Hawk hovering. If it was fairly low it doesn't sound like typical Red tailed behaviour.
Generally speaking Red tailed hawks are no threat to Martins or a colony.
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Steve Kroenke
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Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

Postby Steve Kroenke » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:20 pm

Duke,

Sometime ago I posted an article about a 12 O'Clock high raptor. And this one was after my martins. Here is a link to it and you might find it interesting:

https://www.purplemartin.org/forum/view ... 12#p264547
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Duke
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Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

Postby Duke » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:10 pm

SMJohnson at first it was hovering about tree high estimate 20' high or so. That is when he was doing acrobatic moves in the brisk wind. Then he moved over the Martin houses. At that time he was probably 40/50' or so. He was light brown with broad wings. Big. Here in Corpus Christi we have the migration of the Hawks. Swanson I believe. It is really something to see all the Hawks migrating out of Mexico thousands of Hawks fill the sky.

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Re: Raptor 12 o’clock.

Postby Duke » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:13 pm

Steve Kroenke that is a nice article. I enjoyed reading it.


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