Neighborhood Redtails

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By Cody Westheimer

Two Neighborhood Redtails

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SB1961 Sep 10, 2021 08:15 AM
Neighborhood Redtails

John Wiley
That Falcon is likely a Cooper's Hawk. They fly fast and low through yards, chasing songbirds. They often use fences and structures for cover.

Minibeast Sep 10, 2021 03:33 PM
Neighborhood Redtails

I'd like to add: or Sharp-shinned hawk. Cooper's and Sharp-shinned hawks predate on med to small birds (plus a variety of rodents, lizards, etc). On our property we have a huge, rambling hedge, lots of stick-type growth. It is a daily hang out for House sparrows, House finches. I once watched a Sharp-shinned bouncing around in that hedge ---- hunting birds. It really surprised the heck out of me. I have always thought of Cooper's/SS hawks as ambush predators, zipping down out of the sky, but apparently some will also "run through the jungle" in search of prey.

tagdes Sep 10, 2021 03:31 PM
Neighborhood Redtails

Cooper's was seen two days ago at the SMFP and not nearly as common but possible was a Sharp-shinned at the Modoc Preserve recently.

John Wiley Sep 09, 2021 10:30 PM
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Love watching them fly, though it seldom takes them long to catch a thermal and be gone. There's at least one falcon of some kind in our area. I'd love to get a pic to share, but it's almost always flying fast at rooftop level or lower and gone in a flash. One day I was in the driveway, and it zipped across at high speed a few feet from my head to crash in some dirt 10' away. To my surprise, it had been chasing and was now attacking a mockingbird. Immediately another mocker joined the battle and within a few seconds they'd all zipped off again. Still quite a few mockers in the area, so maybe they both eluded the falcon. I'm sure curious what species it is, and glad to have it around to keep gophers and rabbits in check. Before it showed up they were brazen, but now are seldom seen in daytime. We once had two courting great horned owls on our roof, and the sound of their hoots was SO resonant and much deeper so close to an open window. Having lived in big cities, we love how Santa Barbara supports such a variety of wildlife. Maybe not just our proximity to Las Padres, but also all our trees, parks, open spaces, and wildlife-friendly people. Thanks for the pic.

TheKid5 Sep 09, 2021 12:48 PM
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One of these Red Tails visited us for a long time this morning. He or she sat on our pool cover and bathed itself and was quite calm. We looked at it through a sliding door and a screen door and I spoke to it and it continued to be calm and continued to stay and bathe and sun itself. It was a thrilling experience for both my wife and me. Hopefully it will come visit us again. The "Y'all Come See Us Again Real Soon" sign is out!

Minibeast Sep 09, 2021 03:31 PM
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THEKIDS. Most likely a juvenile hawk, as they tend to be less fearful of humans. What kind of chemicals do you use in your pool? Thinking maybe that's not the best bathing spot for your avian visitors. You may want to put out a birdbath, one which contains water to a depth of 2" or more. But . . . bird baths do need to be refilled often, so as to be a reliable water source ------- particularly on warmer days.

Minibeast Sep 09, 2021 11:44 AM
Neighborhood Redtails

Cody: Magnificent photo. These two are welcome to hang my 'hood, so long as they leave my lizards and chipmunks be.

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