Mobbing a Hawk

We are in the middle of a heat wave so it is a good time to avoid hiking around with my camera. So instead of gathering some new material, I’ll post some photos from a cooler time not too long ago.

I was at the Ash Street Swamp in West Newbury, Massachusetts near the end of May looking for Wood Ducks and other swamp area dwellers. Two Red-tailed Hawks flew over within a few minutes of each other while I was there. Red-tailed Hawks favor small mammals as prey but will certainly grab a bird if they can. Unsurprisingly, the locals that were nesting in the area were not too happy to see them, even if they were not actively hunting. So Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles and even a few Tree Swallows gathered together to mob the hawks. The hawks looked more annoyed than scared but moved on to avoid the harassment. Here are some of the many shots I took of the action.

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