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Hawks and Coots

posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Monday, January 28, 2013 



I noticed something interesting this winter at Farmington Bay refuge. There were lots of coots and grebes at the start of the winter, but as it got cold and snow-covered for a significant period, the raptors (speaking mostly of the Harriers and Red-tails) have had a harder time finding their normal food (mice and voles) and started preying on the coots and grebes, not to mention the smaller ducks. I have not seen coots preyed upon at this rate before….they seem to be dwindling out at Farmington as they are picked off one by one.

The photo above (click to enlarge) by Mia McPherson is a great example….not to mention the fact that it is neat to get this close to a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk!

Also of interest, have you noticed how some vehicles drive the diked road at high speed…what's that all about?

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1 Comments:
Blogger mike said...

That's a very cool pic. Last week a friend sent me a photo of a Red-tail flushing off a duck by Butterfield Canyon, but it definitely wasn't a Harlan's!

January 29, 2013 at 8:38 PM  

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