We were checking on the eagles nest on Crawley Farm Road.We have been there a few times and could not see anything.Today a commotion was going on and everybirdy had thier head up and looking.We had mom (I think) at the nest and we counted three beaks !! It is very hard to get pictures but if you look close you can see them here ...
This was the commotion starter.He/she was buzzing the nest and a lot of screaming was happening.Not a good picture but looks like a Sharp-shinned.
Nice to see the eagles have another family of three this year.We have been watching this pair since 2004 and each year they have three.Every year but one they all fledged.
I think the hawk may be something else, it's kinda heavy for a Sharpie, the wing seems long, unless that's a branch in the background., perhaps a Broad-winged (but buzzing an Eagle nest?) I hope someone can id for sure, it's interesting.
Any other pictures of the hawk?
I think this is indeed a Broad-winged, as Dwayne suggests; the shape and what I can see of the tail fit that ID IMHO. Diurnal Raptors not being my strong point, I would welcome more input.
We don't see many Broad-wingeds around our yard, maybe it's because of the Peregrines and Merlins. Is it common for them to be aggressive towards eagles?
Laura, if you ever see this again, and it's possible, try a video (no matter the quality), I'd like to see and hear that for sure.
Sure can try.I will make sure to take my Kodak cam that has video on it when we go from now on.
I was wondering what was going on with this hawk.Can't imagine it wanting to take on an eagle.It was in a tree not very far from the nest tree and kept flying in a loop over the nest and back to that same tree.The adult eagle was really screaming up a storm.
That's cool, weird thought that they buzzed the nest, unless there may have been a prey thing. Stole the catch or could it be possible the eagles preyed on a young Broad-winged?? Just a thought.