Wild Notes: Red-Tailed Hawk’s Favorite Spot
There’s a spot in corner of our forest that has become a favorite. It borders a fence following 89 north and a barbed wired fence of the neighbors farm. What makes it a favorite is the giant, multi-species, up-rooted tree, and what happened today.
Today was my second time visiting the corner. When arriving, I was greeted with distant screeches. High above, two red-tailed hawks were circling (I confirmed they were RTHs with my bird app). They kept screeching for a while, so I decided it was something to do with mating, or I was near their turf. They certainly weren’t sneaking up on any prey with that ruckus. After standing in awe at the hawks for a while I moved on. I felt like they wanted me gone. When I was a good 50 yards away, one of them perched in a tall pine near where I had been. The only explanation is that we share an affinity for this spot.