10 May 2022

Feathered Foe

We were treated to one of the most fun wildlife scenes we've ever encountered, together or apart, following a walk last week. We were heading home when we spied a Swainson's hawk being tormented by a magpie.

Naturally, we thought the initial hawk must have raided the magpie's nest. Boy, were we surprised when we discovered what we think were the mates of both birds nearby!!!

Another Swainson's had scored a groundhog, and a second magpie was doing everything it could to distract the victor in order to sneak a bite or two.

This traveler's baggage was just a bit too big for flight. The magpie successfully nipped at the raptor's tail a few times and may have gotten a taste or two of the meal, but ultimately, the hawk won.

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