Red Tail Query and Blakeman Reply
On February 20th I received the following report, via e-mail.:
My name is Robert Hartwick and I live in Westwood NJ.
I had a strange encounter with a Red Tail and I can't figure out what was happening.My wife and I used to feed the song birds with feeders in our backyard and would occasionally see a Red Tail perched on the back fence about 50ft away but nothing up close and personal as I am about to relate to you.Last week as I was leaving my doctors office and walking toward my car in his parking lot I took out my car keys, pressed the remote to unlock my white Ford Taurus sedan. I opened the door and was about get in when I heard a high pitched rattling sound. This caught my attention and I looked up and there was big red sitting flat footed and facing me in the middle of the roof. He was only 2ft.from me(length of my arm) and I stood there and watched him. He didn't move or make any sounds,just stared at me so I stared back. He didn't even blink. In real time probably 30sec. Then I got in the car,started the engine and I could see him through the windshield as he flew away.
Do you have any idea what was happening? I've been wrestling with this for a week and I haven't the foggiest idea what was happening.
Robert J HartwickBob H
P.S. He didn't even scratch the paint.
I sent the query on to the Ohio hawk expert, John Blakeman. His reply follows: