Crows vs. Raptors at Fort Holmes

Today, I was lucky to witness a very cool interaction between the family of crows living at Fort Holmes and many of the migrating raptors moving through.  Almost every time a raptor would fly by on the western side of the island, the crows would chase it until it was out of sight.  All day I listened to crows loudly cawing and watched them fly all over the place, defending the fort they call home.  Many turkey vultures and red tails were chased out by these big shot crows.

I was even luckier to be able to watch a leucistic red tail get chased off by the crows, and on top of it all, I was able to catch the interaction on camera.

In this one, you can even see the red tail looking back at the crow, as if to say “what’s your problem, man?”

In other news, the migration season at Fort Holmes had finally picked up and I had a few great migration days before the weather took a turn.  The flight slowed down again significantly within this last week.  I am getting whiplash from how much the weather is changing up here.  But, I have seen some new spring warblers and I know that the great broad-wing migration is on the horizon, which means spring is almost here.  I have much to look forward to.

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