Date: 1/30/19 2:42 pm From: Cin and Bill kobak via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Turkeys/RT Hawk interaction
Our four turkey hens who visit under our feeders twice a day (or more) have now added another hen. But the five were absent from the yard when the resident Red-shouldered Hawk began feeding on the opossum carcass we left in our back yard a few days ago. They were initially curious to the point of being obsessive about the carcass, eyeing it, circling it, not spending any time feeding on seed. Once the hawk and Turkey Vultures showed up, the turkeys stopped visiting.
They were back this morning, but now their obsession was the Red-tailed Hawk that had dragged the remains of the carcass into our back woods. The turkeys approached the hawk, which stood on the carcass and continued feeding. One turkey rushed the hawk at one point and all the hawk did was drag the carcass further away. The turkeys and hawk hung out together for about a half hour until the turkeys came back down into the yard to pick at seed. And though the turkeys never seemed agitated, their faces did turn a brighter red during their visit with the hawk. What fascinating behavior!
Later in the day, the RT Hawk tried, unsuccessfully, to fly off with the last bits of carcass. As it flew/dragged the carcass through the woods, a Turkey Vulture followed it, and two Common Ravens perched in the trees above. This opossum has attracted a whole lot of attention and fed a good number of birds.