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Monday, August 1, 2016

How to train a hawk to hunt

I saw two hawks in my yard last weekend. Is it normal for them to hunt together? One dove down and came away with nothing. The other one dropped and came away with a vole.

Summer is the normal training period for hawks. Parent hawks are taking their kids out and teaching them the basics of finding food, water and shelter.

Red-tailed hawks feed on a wide variety of prey. Eighty to eighty-five percent of their diet consists of small rodents. Mammals as large as squirrels and eastern cottontail rabbits may also taken. Reptiles and other birds make up the rest of the diet. Red-tailed hawks do most of their hunting from a perch. They have excellent eyesight and can spot a mouse from a height of 100 feet.

If all is goes well, Red-tailed Hawks lay their first eggs in March which hatch in April. Then it is a long 45 days with both parents caring for the young in the nest. After they leave the nest, young Red-tails usually stay close to their parents. They begin to fly about 3 weeks after they first begin to leave the nest, and begin to catch their own food 6 to 7 weeks after that. They become completely independent from their parents, in the fall, 10 weeks after fledging, at about 112 to 116 days old. Related Articles:
Sharp-shinned vs. Cooper’s Hawks http://goo.gl/sBHwDY 

Hawk vs. Falcon http://birds-of-prey-hawk-vs-falcon.html
Hawks at Feeders http://bit.ly/zfOiVV
Cooper's Hawk http://bit.ly/ylsupp
Sharp-shinned Hawks http://bit.ly/zhi4Ng

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