Got a reminder this morning why I do not want to let my pet birds get loose outside. I was filling the bird feeders, and had just made some suet, since it's getting cold here. I had just filled the suet feeders, the birds were greedily going after it and a small hawk went right into the tree to take a swipe at the birds. At first I was not sure what I had seen, but then he flew out of the tree, went up into a tall pine and it was a Hawk all right. Right away the local Crows started harassing him so he took off. While I doubt the bird would have gone after the Macaw, I'm sure he would have made short work of our Conure or Cockatiel if they were in that tree.
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Yep. Not more than ten minutes ago, our daily visit from a local falcon. She did her flyby of our feeder. (It's just outside from the family, errr birdroom.) Don't know how my flock knows about birds of prey, but they all started yelling.
Yep. Not more than ten minutes ago, our daily visit from a local falcon. She did her flyby of our feeder. (It's just outside from the family, errr birdroom.) Don't know how my flock knows about birds of prey, but theyall started yelling.

We have had a bumper crop of hawks this year. It is always amazing to me that the parrots can tell the difference in a hawk flying by and any other type of bird. Lots of ducking and panic when a hawk goes by.

Debbie, Dusty (CAG) and Casperella (U2)
It's probably the silouette and the flight behavior. Do you also have vultures?
Is this a hawk or a goose? >
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I guess it must be instinct?I know when I am outside with our Macaw he will watch anything that goes by, planes, other birds and such. The last time I was out with him he hopped from his stand to my chair and ran up pressing against the back of my neck. Same thing he does when I take him to the Vet . I at first could not figure out what was wrong then finally I spotted it. Wayy up in the sky several crows were harassing a Hawk.

The Hawk was gliding, or trying to, and the Crows were taking turns diving at him to try to scare him off. Charlie could I guess tell it was a predator. With the outside birds when a Hawk or Falcon makes a pass at them the entire bunch raises hell, sending out the alarm I guess. I know if our birds are where they can hear this they all start joining in.

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falcon. errr

all We have had a bumper crop of hawks this ... >> >> Debbie, Dusty (CAG) and Casperella (U2) >>

I guess it must be instinct?

i think so, even chickens show this behaviour. Loren