While they are not my pets, they are still part of something that you care about. I love owls. I love the owls and don’t want to see them hurt, but I asked the birders to wait and see if the owl could fend off this predator himself. This is an interesting debate. Doing there job. It depends of everything and everywhere. Many eagles were killed during the night because of that. Just like me, U are all far from it! It is important to remember that even though it may be disheartening to see a songbird or dove fall victim to a hawk, the hawks are only playing their role in nature’s cycle. I hope to get a tour one day. I love birds of prey. The natural predators of owls are often larger owls. Because of this, some birders prefer to encourage backyard hawks and take steps to deliberately attract them. The large female intended to distract the owl while the other red-tailed, which was an immature bird, flew in, presumably, for the kill. Comments will be reviewed before posting to the site. I will leave the identity of Rose’s new mate to the Fordham observers, but they should know there is another adult RT flying around the Garden. I did not mention beaks being used in the standoff, as was reported in one follow-up blog, because we know that these mighty predators capture prey with their talons and use their beaks to rip or shred their kill. Eagles, owls, hawks, and other raptors fall into this category. What fascinating birds. I believe that's where the nest may be. He may be honing his defensive skills and did a good job of standing up to Rose until the second RT appeared. It was a reaction and sometimes human emotion involves protection. They kill other animals including other raptors nestlings and vice versa. Of course, it doesn't mean they have never killed a bird or hawk. It doesn't matter that it was Pale Male and all the other RT hawks that have nested in NY for so many years that initially sparked the interest in the public towards the raptors we have in NY today. Ingmar Bergman; Niall Horan Thank you. In fact it was strange behavior by the hawks... you don't know what caused it. IT IS SIMPLY NOT YOUR PLACE to interfere with predator/prey or agnostic behavior that occurs even if you happen to witness it happen to an animal YOU happen to have been habitually documenting. After waiting patiently, we felt it was in the best interest to make some noise and see if we could scare away the hawks. Eagles are one of the largest birds of prey, while hawks are smaller and vary greatly in size.The powerful build of eagles allow them to snatch prey without landing, while hawks prefer quick strikes and will devour larger prey on the ground. Owls are such frequent targets of mobbing—and so hard to see otherwise—that listening for mobbing calls is a good way to find owls during the day. If the birders had not intervened on that frightful day, not only would we have lost our male great horned owl, but I fear that the female and her eggs would have also been lost. No! – user12449 Jun 25 '18 at 7:00. The first one (this was the older male's last mate) died after an unsuccessful nesting attempt. The most effective way to begin dismantling your fear of birds is by exposure to them. And without our interference, both species have thrived and survived many worse scenarioes than the one above many times and are doing fine and theh will continue to do fine WITHOUT our interference!!!! I especially, have done extennsive research on RTH's & Gho's over the years & have also witnessed many interactions between these 2 ubiquitious raptors over the years. If you are not mature enough to sit back and observe the natural cycle play out, they maybe you should stick to watching nature from afar; this way, when you see something you don't like you can simply turn away as opposed to succumbing to your 'human rational' and bias...Horned owls are ferocious predators that kill everything under 20lbs including peoples house pets like cats and dogs...go ask a couple biologist what they think of what you did...anyone who agrees with you really needs to grow up and refrain from the misplaced & ignorant self-righteousness on this issue. It is known that many of the big bad hawks are afraid … In fact, it is great horned owls that have been known to kill red-tailed hawks by silently swooping down on them from above. Mobbing usually does not harm the larger bird, although you may see blackbirds or kingbirds making contact with crows, hawks, or … I have a bird problem. Kudos to Debbie and the birding group for interrupting the almost fatal encounter! Some Gho's are killed from attacks from adult RTH's in daylight when they get too close to the hawks nests. There is no excuse for what any of you did. why the hawks were there. Were the red-tailed hawks simply acting territorial or were they really out to kill the great horned owl? Normally, no one would ever step between any predator attacking prey because this is nature and it is survival of the fittest. We then searched for the male owl, who usually is nearby, guarding the nest and his mate. Follow the saga with Debbie Becker on her weekly bird walks, Saturdays beginning at 11 a.m. Meet at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center. As much as you will try to do anything possible to ensure there safety- If nature decides a fate that is not so good at the hands of another predator- whether you all try or not, u cannot protect them- it will still happen. You can't just "set it and forget it" when it comes to your bird feeders. 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