Birds of Prey...and birds to pray for

by Dave Williams
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

Raptor in Mississauga

Raptor in Mississauga

Raptor in Mississauga
Robins

Late on a Sunday afternoon in early June of this year, we heard a big commotion in our back yard as this large bird settled on our back deck (see attached picture).


It was being harassed by our resident Mother Robin who was protecting her babies.

Can anyone identify what kind of Raptor this bird is? It must be some kind of Hawk.

Hmmm.... I'm not sure what type of Hawk that is, but I think one of our readers may know!

If you can identify this raptor, please let us know

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Nov 20, 2012
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My Guardians
by: Anonymous

I don't know what kind, but we have two that live around us just north of Stratford. They sit on the telephone line by our house. All summer I would go outside to do gardening and one or the other would start to caw and I would talk to them - saying hello and just chatting. They would continue to caw back to me. I have taken my mid-sized dog for a walk down the road and they will fly along with us, not threatening more like accompanying us. When I went back to work they would be on a hydro line when I came home. I would pull in and they would caw and fly as if to say "it's OK, we were watching over everything!" They did a fly past the house about 8 days ago cawing and circling the house - I haven't seen them since - I guess they were saying "goodbye for the winter!"

Jun 19, 2012
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Wow!
by: Jamie

That's definately a hawk! amazing!! thanks for sharing :)

Jun 17, 2012
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Coopers Hawk
by: Anonymous

I'm pretty sure. They are bird hunters so that would explain Mama Robin's concern.

Jun 17, 2012
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Bird of Prey
by: Anonymous

Looks like a Red-tailed hawk

Jun 17, 2012
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Broadwing
by: Nova59

I believe this may be a Broadwing Hawk....althouh this is just a guess based on colouration and general shape

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