Baby got beak

Right now, parts of the Northeast are teeming with avian fiends:

In other nature news, the skies are suddenly full of carnivorous birds. You can hardly look up without spotting a red-tailed hawk. Driving along Rt 80 is like going to The Hawk Show. There was a very big fallen bird on the shoulder of the road when I was winding my way through the Delaware Water Gap last weekend and a band of about 8 red tails kept diving down to snatch off pieces of it despite the stream of cars right next to it. I even saw two turkey buzzards flapping up from the road side farther into NJ.

I have to admit, this is more entertaining than watching the adapted-to-the-burbs birds hanging around the A&W just waiting for you to drop a French fry.


  1. Cripes Suzette »

    4 April 2013 · 1:57 pm

    I do always feel right at home whenever I come by here, owing not in small part to that American Goldfinch on display. It – not the Red Tailed Hawk – is the state bird of NJ, you know.

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 April 2013 · 3:08 pm

    Or the turkey vultures that periodically take a notion to hang out in my neighborhood. (And I’m not sure the air cannons they tried to use once to scare them off were much better)

  3. CGHill »

    4 April 2013 · 4:16 pm

    @Suzette: I did in fact know that. (And our local Triple-A baseball club is called the RedHawks — complete with BiCapitalization.)

  4. McGehee »

    4 April 2013 · 9:29 pm

    There is a family of red-shouldered hawks in residence in my former neighborhood — a subdivision of predominantly one-acre-ish homesites — that seems to regard the old house as now theirs — and none too thrilled to see us when we come over to work on getting it fit to put on the market.

  5. McGehee »

    4 April 2013 · 9:30 pm

    …I suspect they’re drawn to the yappy little poodles belonging to one of our former neighbors, which may be why said neighbor got a larger dog to guard the prey.

  6. Tatyana »

    4 April 2013 · 10:41 pm

    Seagulls around here are bad enough – but hawks? buzzards? Ouch.

  7. CGHill »

    4 April 2013 · 11:38 pm

    At the moment, we have geese blocking traffic, and giving every indication that they love it.

  8. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2013 · 7:07 am

    Geese are jerks.

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