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Red-tailed Hawk (Mobbed by Crows)

Buteo jamaicensis


In this series of pictures, a single crow is harassing a red-tail hawk. It seems to call others as well, and is joined by at least one other crow in the "mobbing". The hawk soon had enough of the noise and commotion and flew off. From Wikipedia: Mobbing in animals is an anti-predator behavior which occurs when individuals of a certain species mob a predator by cooperatively attacking or harassing it, usually to protect their offspring. A simple definition of mobbing is an assemblage of individuals around a potentially dangerous predator. Mobbing calls may be used to summon nearby individuals to cooperate in the attack.


Spotted in an open & previously cleared/disturbed lot between industrial complex and uncultivated wetlands/drainage area.

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Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.02, Long: -84.59

Spotted on Nov 25, 2013
Submitted on Jan 24, 2014

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