Serendipity Sunday...A Close Up Look At A Red Tailed Hawk

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Real Estate Agent with Cedaredge Land Company

Cedaredge Red Tailed HawkSome good friends of mine have a New Year's Day party each year. It's a good time with a lot of food and friends.

Their son is going to be married soon, and his girlfriend is a falconer. Her bird of choice is a red tailed hawk. She was there for the party, and I got up close and personal with this bird of prey. 

Alesha has a license to keep this bird...who's name is John Wayne. She has a special box that he travels in. At home he has a large shed in which he freely flies around. When he's outside she keeps him tethered unless he's hunting.

Yesterday she took JW out for some rabbit hunting. I'm sorry I missed that. 

Cedaredge red tailed hawkThis isn't a pet. Even though Alesha has raised this bird since it was four months old, the bird doesn't show any affection towards her. It's purely a working relationship. Alesha does this for fun and sport. 

JW hunts down rabbits and then Alesha gives him meat for treats. The bird doesn't eat the rabbit. It's kind of like how a dog looks to it's owner for a treat when it knows it's done something good. Alesha keeps the rabbits to trim and clean for JW's food when he isn't hunting. 

The daylight was quickly fading when I took these pictures. I found out that great horned owls are big predators of the red tailed hawk. JW sensed the day was ending and was getting eager to get back into his box. I kept the photo shoot to a minimum because the bird was really starting to get upset.

Red tailed hawks are a common sight around Cedaredge. So are great horned owls, golden eagles, and many other types of hawks. Bald eagles over winter in the area, too.

For more information on the Cedaredge and Delta County area, please give me a call.

 I've lived on Colorado's Western Slope for over 26 years. I love this area and all it has to offer, and I enjoy sharing what I know about my home. As a REALTOR®, I also love to share my expertise in this area as well. If you need real estate information for Montrose County, or Delta County, Colorado...please give me a call.

 

 

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Very cool story and great shots, Debbie Laity!  I find it odd that the bird shows no affection to the human that raised him.  Very interesting!  And, I love his name!  ;-)

Jan 05, 2017 04:17 PM #21
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Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. I hope your New Year is off to a great start. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:30 PM #22
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They are beautiful to watch even if they are only sitting in a tree, Shahar Hillel . Thanks for stopping by. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:31 PM #23
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It's starting off to be a great year, Paul. Thank you for stopping by. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:31 PM #24
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Hi, Susan...animals never cease to amaze me at what they really do know. Thank you for stopping by. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:32 PM #25
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I see them quite a bit, Michelle, but I never get tired of it. Thanks for stopping by. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:32 PM #26
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Seeing a bald eagle on the first day of the year must truly be a sign of good luck, James. Lucky you. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:33 PM #27
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You said it, Amanda. Animals are truly amazing and as humans we would be wise to watch them a bit closer to see what they really do know and what we might learn from them. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:34 PM #28
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I'm glad you enjoyed it, Gita. Thank you for stopping by. 

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I learned a lot from talking with this falconer, Debbie R. There is really quite a bit of care that goes into having a bird like this. I wouldn't have the time to do it. 

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Your cat was lucky to be behind the window, Dick. I bet that was a neat experience. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:36 PM #31
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I really learned a lot from talking with the falconer, Mary. There is quite a bit to this sport, and it's not for everyone. I wouldn't even have the time to take care of a bird like this. Thank you for stopping by. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:37 PM #32
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It was really neat getting so close, Rebecca. Next time they visit, I hope to get to see the bird in action. Thanks for stopping by. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:37 PM #33
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Thank you, Lou, for all of your comments. 

Jan 08, 2017 03:38 PM #34
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It's not a pet, Larry, and for all I know it may not even like people, but now needs them for food. It was neat getting so close to one. 

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I'm glad you enjoyed this post, Endre. I did learn a lot from talking with JW's owner. 

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I'll second that, Bob. That would have been some battle if an owl had shown up. 

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I bet this bird is a great hunter, Patricia. I would have a difficult time watching it kill a rabbit, but I do want to see the bird in action the next time they visit. 

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I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Bob. Thanks for stopping by. 

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I found that interesting, too, Debe. I wouldn't want to have an animal that I couldn't pet and be friends with. Although this is a different type of relationship. The hunter and human work together as a team to hunt. So as I said...it's a working relationship. 

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