An Unwelcome Guest Visits the Farm… Again
By no accident, this magnificent Harris Hawk stopped by the ranch this morning for yet another attempt to feast on my flock. His near success last time prompted me to hang aviary netting atop the chicken yard – and he looks pissed!
The handsome Harris hawk hunts cooperatively in pairs or trios. They surround their prey and flush it for another to catch or take turns chasing it.
MEASUREMENTS: The Harris’ Hawk has a body length of 18 – 24 inches, a wingspan of 3 1/2 – 4 feet, and weighs 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 pounds.
These hawks are found in semi-arid habitats like savannas, chaparrals, scrub prairies, and mesquite and saguaro deserts. They range from the southwestern United States through Central America and into much of the drier habitats in South America.