I’ve had a few different birds of prey sightings right in my own backyard including Turkey Vultures, a Cooper’s Hawk, a Red-shouldered Hawk, and now a Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)! This beauty was observed today checking out the neighborhood and rousting the chickens. A unique feature of these hawks is they hunt cooperatively in pairs or trios to surround and flush out their prey for another to catch, or take turns chasing it. I am eager to see if others are also in the area, since they nest in social units varying from an adult pair to seven different individuals! A very unique hawk indeed! More information about the Harris’s Hawk can be found on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds website: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harriss_Hawk/id
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