Bird of Prey Spotted on Amy’s Car

Photograph of a hawk on top of Amy's car

Bird of Prey Spotted on Amy’s Car

This morning I peered out the window and happened to spot the smaller of two hawks (which may have taken up residence in the neighborhood) on top of my vehicle. I managed to capture video of the hawk through the window before it flew away. Prior to this, smaller birds were seen trying to attack the hawk. The hawk seemed nonplussed as it observed a squirrel on the ground in the driveway.

Hawk captured on a Nikon 5300 DSLR with Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR DX Zoom lens through the window.

I witnessed one of the two hawks sitting on top of a tree in the front yard last week, surrounded by a storm of feathers, and figured that it was either making a nest or feeding on another smaller bird.

Since it’s such an abnormal sight in an urban area, I’ve contacted local fish and wildlife biodiversity officials about it. I believe this may be a Redtail hawk, but awaiting confirmation. Redtail hawks are federally protected in the United States under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), so it’s not cool to disturb or approach them without a license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture or the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Stay tuned for updates and information about the hawks!

-Amy