Yesterday I came home from work and first thing is to let my buddy out. While I'm hooking him up to his 40' lead (sorry, can't afford a fence), I notice a shadow come over my house. I look up and see a hawk. Now, I know they are around because I have seen them before, but never so close to my backyard. I'm thinking "perhaps I should stay out here and see what this bird is doing". Can they pick up a basenji? Would they even think of it? I don't know, but as it kept coming back around I thought it best to keep an eye on it.
Now here the strange thing, as I'm watching this hawk, 3 crows come flying from the same direction as the hawk had come and start literally dive-bombing it. I couldn't believe it! As I watched, these crows just kept diving at this hawk, taking turns. It was quite the sight! Eventually, they moved out of my sightline but the hawk was still being attaked by the crows as they did.
This may be something familiar to some of you, but for me it was a first. The only thing I can think of that may have caused this was that the hawk was a little too close to a nest of crows….but don't most birds do their breeding in the spring, so what is there to protect?
Just thought I'd share, but if anyone has any thoughts or incites as to this behaviour, I would be interested to hear about it.
Have a great day!