Monday, December 18, 2017

Hawks Give Wings to Deer

Our hunter-friends filled our freezer with venison and then left the deer carcasses in the Road Field where the scavengers could get to them.  

Our trail cam caught these two hawks feeding on the deer.  The first one (the smaller of the two) is a Rough-legged Hawk (feathers down to the toes).  The second one is considerably larger.  At first I thought she might be a female Rough-legged Hawk, but then I noticed how her feathers stop above her wrists.  And her bill is so large!    So I went to an expert.  He told me that the first hawk is indeed a Rough-legged, but that the second one is more likely an immature dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk.   

Check out that kick she delivers at the end of the clip!  What's that all about?

Many thanks to the Bur Oaks for producing fat acorns this year so that the deer could be numerous and well fed.    And endless thanks to these three deer who gave their wild lives to nourish  hawks and other wildlife and provide food for us.   We owe a debt of gratitude to the Bur Oak Family and the Tribe of Deer!

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