Photos by Shelley O’Connell
Please keep sending in your crows & hawks stories, and don’t forget to include where you are writing from. Thanks!
From September 2010 (original siting): K. and I were up at Sibley today, relaxing and gazing at the great view. We were watching a murder of crows flying about when we realized there was a small hawk — maybe a Cooper’s Hawk? (I didn’t have my ‘nocs) — among them. Then we realized there were two small hawks. Everyone was flying around, and no one seemed to be attacking anyone.
Then we saw a red-tailed hawk join the same, and s/he was doing the same — swooping, diving, but apparently not attacking. They all looked like they were just have fun. I looked around the Internet and haven’t seen anyone else commenting on this phenomenon. All the posts I can find are about a group of crows attacking a hawk (which I’ve certainly seen) or a hawk occasionally getting the a crow. Neither K. or I could detect any aggression in the exchange, which went on for about 1/2 hour.
I have never experienced any “magical forces” at Sibley, but it is one of my favorite places to go. I can never believe that its magnificent view is only a few minutes from where I live.
Some folks, though, have their own supernatural ideas about the place…
This was the only photo I could find of a hawk hanging out with crows in a non-combatitive state.
We recently went on a hike where we saw a huge “murder” of crows — maybe a hundred — and noticed that there was one red-tailed hawk flying amongst them. The photo below is of some of the scene below I can’t really find the hawk. I still have hopes of getting photographic evidence.
Update November 2012
If anyone gets a photo of crows & a hawk together, please send me the link and I’ll post it here. Also, be sure to tell us where in the U.S. (or elsewhere) you saw this phenomenom when you comment below. I’ve made a map of the general location of all the sitings reported here in the comments.
Update October 2016
For anyone who posted in the last four months, I finally have added you to the map, now in it’s sixth year with 56 sitings.
Update November 2014
Hmm, November seems to be the magic month for updates. We now have photos!