Typically you wouldn’t see a red-tailed hawk and bald eagle flying around together, in fact the only time you might see them together is if the eagle catches the hawk and well, you can guess the rest.
However, eagle enthusiasts recently spotted a creature that looked out of place in an eagle’s nest they had been monitoring. In addition to the three eaglets occupying the nest, a baby red-tailed hawk also seemed to be living with the birds.
Dr. David Bird of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, who is monitoring the eagle’s nest, said it’s extremely rare for this to happen. He told CTVNews that what most likely happened — although he can’t be certain — was the mother eagle snatched the baby hawk from its own nest and intended to give it to her eaglets. When she placed it in the nest the hawk probably started squawking like any bird would.
“What probably happened in this case is that when they brought this little guy back, he probably begged for food, as he would do, not even realizing the danger it was in,” Bird said.
Unfortunately for the hawk he’s not in the clear just yet. Bird notes that if the eagles can’t find any food they may turn to the much smaller and weaker baby hawk.
A video, which was uploaded recently, shows that so far the three eagles and hawk seem to be getting along. Only time will tell how these birds’ relationship will develop.
Until then we can enjoy this incredibly rare interaction between the four birds.
For more up to date information on the eagles and hawk, you can check out Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s forums, which are updated on a regular basis.