Just wondering if this is normal behavior, or if someone has an explanation for it.
My wife noticed a hawk perched on a branch of a small tree in our yard, about six feet off the ground. After about half an hour I went out and took pictures of it. I didn’t get closer than about twenty feet, but it didn’t seem the least bit concerned.
It stayed in that tree for several hours, then it dropped to the ground, walked across the yard, across a dirt road, down into a drainage ditch and up the other side, and across our neighbor’s yard to a three-door shrub. It climbed onto the shrub, with some flapping of wings, and perched on top of it.
When our neighbor got home he parked his ca about five feet from the hawk. He took some pictures of it.
After he went inside it dropped down to the ground again, walked along the front of the house, and around the corner into the side yard. Haven’t seen it since.
So, two things seem odd. First, it didn’t fly. Second, people got surprisingly close to it without getting a reaction.
My wife thinks it was a red-tailed hawk. We’re in south-central Indiana. Temperature was in the teens. There’s no snow on he ground.