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Medford's Hawk Returns

Juvenile Red Tail Hawk
Juvenile Red Tail Hawk
Return visit to Medford's Urban Forest.  This guy does not fear humans, allowing us to stand no more than five feet from his perch.

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John Waller (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Awesome photos! Crazy you can get so close!
John C. January 09, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Hawks and humans co-exist pretty well in both rural and urban areas. Hawks do a good job keeping the populations of other animals down around us. They are very intelligent and don't see humans as much of a threat, but I would imagine everything may be scrutinized more closely when they are nesting and so getting too close would not be a good idea.
AM Fretts January 09, 2014 at 08:01 AM
This particular specimen suns himself on our balcony, five feet from a favorite chair in our living room. If he decides to build a nest outside the balcony door, we will consult with the Audubon Society on best way to encourage him to depart. Yesterday, snapped to alert status every time a dog and their owner passed by, casting a long look at a teacup poodle.
John C. January 09, 2014 at 08:12 AM
He looks like he is eating pretty well. Hopefully there are no missing pets.
michelle hardy January 09, 2014 at 09:15 AM
what part of medford is he hanging in?
Christina Grandy January 09, 2014 at 09:33 AM
I caught a picture of him two years ago outside my window...I wonder if it is the same one.
AM Fretts January 09, 2014 at 02:26 PM
There are two hawks that hover and fly around near Tufts Alumni Fields and this guy may be one of them. Last spring we saw a few in a large nest across from Whole Foods, just next to the river. This hawks was identified as a juvenile Red Tail Hawk, or a Coopers Hawk.
Mark DeVoto January 09, 2014 at 04:58 PM
I think it was a Cooper's hawk rather than a juvenile red-tail that I saw on Winthrop Street, perched on a stump not 6 feet from the sidewalk, happily tearing apart a bird, probably a starling. A young teenager, approaching me on the sidewalk, saw this and looked distressed. "Don't worry," I said to her, "he's just having lunch, he's just doing his hawk thing. He won't attack you. If you get closer he might fly away." She seemed reassured.
Susan Bratton January 09, 2014 at 05:53 PM
This photograph is awesome! !!
John C. January 10, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Yeah I noticed hawks around the Tufts University campus. I would imagine there are some that stop by places in Medford to rest or for lunch, since we have lots of wooded areas around us and a river.

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