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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.
hawk and three crows

November 2011

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.

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Update November 2014

Hmm, November seems to be the magic month for updates. We now have photos!

Comments

122 Responses to “Crows and Hawks playing”

  1. Gale on January 15th, 2011 1:05 pm

    hello, this is sooo interesting because jan 8, 2011 my nephew died that morning….i did not learn of his death till around 4 or 5 in the afternoon…around 1pm i was pulling into my driveway when 3 black crows and a hawk swooped in front of my truck causing me to throw on my brakes…not back to back in a line but wing span to wing span the hawk closest to my truck they flew up into an oak tree and 1 of the crows and the hawk sat together….

    i told the father of the deceased nephew about this….the wed before he died on sat. he said he went to the dr. across a field he sat and watched 3 black crows flying around w/ a hawk and he said he watched it for about 30 min and found it unusual since the crows usually attacked hawks…

    i am wondering if there is some kind of spiritual meaning…my dtr 1st cousin to my nephew died 5 yrs ago…. her dad and step mother died this past july 19th and i was kind of thinking the 3 crows were them and the hawk was my nephew since he was a hunter….

    you just do not know but i find this amazing

    gale

  2. the nerger on January 16th, 2011 10:50 pm

    Gale,

    There is so much we don’t know, and so many things are possible. There are a lot of amazing coincidences in what you wrote. I think our beliefs do hold some power in reality. It is so sad that you lost so many good people in such a short time. I hope that you find some solace in the your thinking about your encounters about the crows and the hawk.

  3. Pamela on August 26th, 2011 6:56 am

    I live on the coast of Maine, latley I have seen a crow and a hawk flying around my back yard. My husband and I have sat and watched this amazing display of friendship between them. There doesn’t seem to be any aggression, just each one taking turns following the other. I’m so glad that someone else has witnessed this as well.

  4. the nerger on August 26th, 2011 7:17 am

    Pamela,

    Thanks a bunch for writing. It’s good to hear about another instance of this phenomenom, and all the way on the other coast! Since all I have so far is a few anecdotes, it’s hard to tell if this is a rare behavior or not. Hopefully more people will post their observations.

    The Nerge

  5. stuart perkins on September 2nd, 2011 3:49 pm

    I found these comments trying to find info on what I have been seeing here in Arlington VA where I live. I walk every day in the large cemetery near me. Three or four times I’ve seen the same thing… a small (though adult) hawk is with a group of crows, anywhere between 3 -7 crows. The first time I thought the hawk was trying to catch a crow. It was chasing it, and the crow was making a deep rattling sound. The chase lasted maybe five seconds. The other crows did nothing. As I walked closer, the crows flew into a tree. The hawk sat watching me, then flew away and sat beside the crows in the same tree! The crows did nothing. I’ve seen this hawk/crow interaction here three or four times now. I’m originally from Richmond VA and grew up in, and spent a lot of time in, rural areas full of crows and hawks. I have never seen this behavior anywhere else but in this huge cemetery where I walk. Stuart Perkins

  6. the nerger on September 2nd, 2011 6:26 pm

    Stuart,

    Thanks so much for writing. It looks like we’re starting a small collection here on The Nerge of hawk/crows stories. I’m going to try to tweet/facebook for more stories, as the more I hear these stories, the more interesting it gets.

  7. Lance on October 2nd, 2011 4:12 pm

    We were on our walk late morning when my spouse pointed out a sight we have never seen before today. High above us a hawk and a crow were riding the thermals together in what could only be called formation flying. The two of them would swoop and turn in unison without any aggressive behavior. After about two or three minutes of intricate close aerial maneuvers, the two birds banked off and flew away in separate directions. (San Mateo, CA USA)

  8. the nerger on October 2nd, 2011 4:19 pm

    Thanks for your story. You’re not far away from me (Oakland) which is cool. If you see anything else like this, please write again.

  9. Rick on November 22nd, 2011 3:55 pm

    was I glad to find this site, I was a crow and a hawk ‘playing’ with each other yesterday. I watched them from my bedroom window for maybe 10 minutes. They just seemed to be flying together, no worries, then the lite on a limb and the crow would talk to the hawk then they’d take back to the air, it was really cool

  10. the nerger on November 23rd, 2011 7:43 am

    Hi Rick,

    Thanks for writing! If you see this, please write back and tell us where you were in the U.S. when you saw your crow/hawk experience.

    The Nerger

  11. Cass on March 2nd, 2012 9:49 am

    I witnessed a Red Tailed Hawk gracefully flying above my car as I left Marsh Creek Park in Chester County, PA, this morning on 3/2/12 at 9:10am. Then, a crow/raven flew from behind it and starting diving and attacking about 4 or 5 times it pecked it as they flew. The Hawk moved to avoid the attack but never countered the attack. As I turned the car left onto the next road, the hawk went right and the crow returned to the direction from whence it came. Symbolically, I was asking a direct question to Almighty God when that occured…should I be concerned about the souls that may not know they are on the wrong path? And, the red tailed hawk has been around me for the past few weeks. All thoughts are welcome.

  12. the nerger on March 15th, 2012 9:03 pm

    Hi Cass,

    Please excuse my delay in responding to you, especially since you asked a question of spiritual importance to you.

    I think that it’s very easy to see other creatures on the planet as being symbols for our interpretation. I know I have had these feelings and interpreted experiences I have had in this very way — that a certain animal was conveying a symbolic message for me.

    But as time has gone by, I have come to think that this type of perception is erroneous. Wild animals exist in a world of their own experience, on their own terms. They don’t act symbols for us, any more than they do for them. It’s somewhat humbling to realize that, to most of the elements of natural world, we as individuals are unimportant, if not completely below their perception.

    If we peel away the layers of symbology, interpretation, and magical beliefs that we impose on nature, there’s a world that is amazing, stunning, and unbelievable just the same.

    The Nerger

  13. J on April 5th, 2012 12:40 pm

    I a crow with a hawk today. They also seemed to be playing! I don’t know why they would ever play together but it was pretty cool.

  14. Poane' on September 13th, 2012 7:46 am

    we just witness 6 hawks flying and circling above us, what a spiritual treat

  15. Shannon - Kern County, CA on October 21st, 2012 4:45 pm

    Was hoping for an explanation but at least I found other instances. I have a raven that visits my yard every day. Today when I looked up into his tree, there on the next branch was a Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s hawk. When the hawk startled and flew away to another tree, the raven joined him. As I tried to get close to that tree for a pic, they both took off again, no aggression, no chasing, just flying together. I’m hoping they will both come back tomorrow and I’ll be quicker with the camera.

  16. Kerry on November 8th, 2012 5:18 am

    Just this morning, my daughter and I witnessed two Crows and a Red-tailed Hawk playing with something (I’m not sure what). They were tossing it back and forth and jumping up and down and even a tug-of-war was had. It lasted 10-15 minutes before her school bus coming down the street scared them away. It was very awesome…

  17. the nerger on November 9th, 2012 4:00 pm

    Hi Shannon and Kerry,

    Sorry for the lag time responding to you. 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.

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  19. jill on January 18th, 2013 8:47 am

    I have realized over the years that Hawks are messengers to me. Has been about an upcoming loss/death/significant illness more times than not. Since 2000, when I moved to Taos, it has happened 18 times. Recently — in the last year, I have seen a Hawk and a Raven flying in tandem with each other. They fly the same pattern & one will circle out & come back and peck a tad. Then the other will fly out & circle back the same way. They always end up parallel to each other. This is a dance they share & seeing it again 2 days ago made me search for other similar sightings. Have enjoyed reading your stories.

  20. the nerger on January 20th, 2013 5:06 pm

    Jill,

    Thanks for sharing!

    The Nerger

  21. Jane on January 23rd, 2013 1:02 pm

    We live on a small pond located between two mountains in SE Huntsville AL. Being a bird enthusiast I enjoy providing feeding stations for the wide variety of birds which visit continuously. I had never experienced a red-tailed hawk swooping down for pry until I noticed many of our ducklings were disappearing. (Needless to say, it’s a horrible sight!) Recently, I’ve noticed that my three “regular” crows are relentless in letting everyone know when the hawk is near. And my observation are exactly as the ones mentioned above. It’s almost like the crows warn the other smaller birds of possible danger from the hawk. I’ve also seen them all in mid-air appearing to chase each other, but not really in a violent manner. Actually, because I do spent alot of time watching my regulars, I always know when a hawk is near by the noticable absence of all birds from our backyard feeders. Also, noteworthy is that the hawks will not be chased off until I actually get a large bag and wave it furiously from just a few feet away!

  22. Megan on July 11th, 2013 8:49 am

    Hi. I just did a search for crow and hawk interaction and found this page. In 2012, through July and August, I watched a family of crows and at least one Cooper’s hawk playing in the same way. It took a couple days to realize it really was play but I saw them sitting on fence posts and high in a bare tree next to each other. We live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. We have a 2 acre property with post and rail fence around the back acre. This family of crows has been here as long as I remember, rooting around in the grass, on the fence, or in their favorite tree. I love to watch them. I can’t get them used to me, they fly off when they see me. Today, in July 2013, I just saw them interacting again in the same way. The baby crows are now full grown and I think that timing may be significant. The hawk is not a threat to them at this point and if he wants to play… I do enjoy watching our Cooper’s hawks but I have stopped feeding birds so I don’t feel like I’m feeding the hawks.

  23. the nerger on July 12th, 2013 7:17 am

    Megan, thanks so much for writing! It was very interesting to read about the history of the crows in your area. I think your theory about the respective ages of the crows and the hawk is a sound one. I’ve added your location to the map: http://www.thenerge.com/bird-nerge/crows-and-hawks-playing-the-map/

    I don’t know if it’s possible to tame a flock of wild crows, but I had success taming a scrub jay that you might be interested in. Here’s the first post; you can read the rest by searching for “Tzipi” on this site. http://www.thenerge.com/bird-nerge/crows-and-hawks-playing-the-map/

    The Nerger

  24. Anita Bangs on September 14th, 2013 3:46 am

    I live in northeast Alabama and for the last couple of days, when I see the crows in my yard (and they come to my yard everyday from daybreak until around ten am) I hear hawks in the treetops. Yesterday I was walking toward some of the crows and they of course flew off. The hawks flew in the direction the crows did. This morning at daybreak I went out to the porch and I guess the noise I made caused the crows to fly off. I could hear the hawks caw from the treetops again moving in the same direction as the crows. I came to the computer to find if this is common and found your site. I haven’t seen the two birds playing or fighting, just in the same location as one another.

  25. the nerger on September 15th, 2013 5:48 pm

    Hi Anita,

    Thanks for your post. It’s interesting that in your observation the crows and hawks are in the same place but seem to have a neutral relationship — they’re neither fighting nor playing. I’ve added your siting to the map.

    The Nerger

  26. Hello Yellow on September 19th, 2013 8:44 am

    Hi! I live near and attend the Univ of Southern California in Los Angeles. Out here there are a ton of pigeons, crows and smaller common birds. Also, there’s a red tail that I see often when I’m walking home. When it’s really hot I see him sitting on the roof (of a building on campus) in the shade with the pigeons pearched quite near him. Occasionally I’ll see a dead pigeon/part of a pigeon on my walk to campus and I’m sure it was the red tail.

    Anyway, this past Monday I was walking home around 6pm and I saw a murder of crows (15-20)flying and making noise and the red tail was flying amongst them! I haven’t seen anything like it before. I stopped for a few minutes just watching to see if there would be an attack; a pigeon or some other smaller bird attacked the hawk once but the murder of crows was moving away and the hawk was right there with them. He was flying more towards the outside of the group but sort of chasing the crows and the crows chasing him, but it didn’t seem to be predation. It was the strangest thing and I was too caught up watching to take a photo. However, if I see anything like it again I’ll take a photo!

  27. the nerger on September 19th, 2013 11:14 am

    Hi Hello Yellow,

    I have the same problem — I never get a photo when I actually observe this phenomenom. If you are able to get one, please pass it along!

    The Nerger

  28. Denzell on October 9th, 2013 10:13 pm

    Hey you guys ! I’m Denzell and I live in Long Beach, California. I’m a really spiritual person and I’m into alot of things like spirit animals and things of that nature, and I have a strong feeling that Hawks are my spirit animals or spirit guides as some might call it. But occasionally I see a couple of crows chasing a hawk and usually it’s really violent.I don’t know if it holds some type of spiritual significance but it feels like The Creator is telling me something through these beings that we call “Birds” because I’m seeing Hawks and Falcons frequently, everyday even. And I’m even seeing more White Owls in Southern California than I have ever seen….it’s a very beautiful experience and sight , but I was wondering does it occur often and to other people. This website was a big help to me, thanks !

  29. the nerger on October 10th, 2013 7:20 am

    Hi Denzell,

    If you look back at my answer to Cass on March 15th, 2012 ( ^up this page a bit^), you’ll see that I don’t actually subscribe to the concept of other species acting as symbols for people. However, I do believe that everyone should be free to experience and interpret the world in a way that is meaningful and helpful in their navigating through life. Which is my long-winded way of saying: thanks for sharing your viewpoint and experiences.

    The Nerger

  30. Maralyn Strachan on October 15th, 2013 4:42 pm

    Hello

    I was recently on a Spiritual Retreat for a week on Stoney Lake Ontario, Canada. I opened the curtains on my first morning there and was amazed to watch a Hawk and five crows interacting on the terrace in front of our cottage. If course I did not get a photograph, the camera was in the car, but I got a wonderful sense of there is do much we don’t know and never say never. I saw it as a beautiful sign from nature that supposed enemies can co-exist in harmony if they so choose.

  31. the nerger on October 15th, 2013 7:06 pm

    Hi Maralyn,

    Isn’t it strange how this always happens when the camera is just out of reach? One day one of us will get a photo.

    I like your message about enemies co-existing.

    Thanks for our first post from Canada!

    The Nerger

  32. Fred Land on October 22nd, 2013 9:02 am

    Thanks for this page!
    We live in Decatur, GA (about 6 mi. east of downtown Atlanta), and several days ago we looked up from our deck to see a Coopers Hawk gliding over the back yards. There were 4 or 5 crows following the hawk, but there was no sense of the urgency that I generally associate with crows mobbing a hawk.
    Then yesterday morning I watched a line of crows heading into the pines at the back of our yard, with a Coopers Hawk at the end of the line. Again, no drama or urgency, so I was curious if others have seen similar behavior.

  33. the nerger on October 23rd, 2013 4:45 pm

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for adding your siting to our ever-growing list!
    Interesting that this was cooper’s hawk; I’ve only seen this phenomenon with red-tailed hawks, but maybe because that’s the most common hawk in my area.

    The Nerger

  34. Peter on October 28th, 2013 10:28 am

    Crows chasing hawks seems more the act of keeping the predators away form the crow’s turf.

  35. Steve on November 15th, 2013 1:33 pm

    Hi,
    I live in Phoenix and saw a hawk circling with a raven today. Sometimes the raven would peck at the hawk but in general they flew in formation alternating lead position. The hawk was light brown with the trailing edges of the wings being white. They were very graceful following the thermals.
    Steve

  36. the nerger on November 24th, 2013 3:54 am

    Um, Peter, did you even read this post? It’s about crows NOT chasing hawks but playing with them.

    Steven, thanks for reading the post, unlike Peter. And thanks for your entry. I will ad Phoenix to the map.

    The Nerger

  37. J C on December 17th, 2013 10:41 pm

    Today, I saw something very close but it was two crows hanging out posted on a street light over a freeway with a hawk. I personally have never seen this up until today and I was baffled myself. So I decided to see if this also was common and bumped into your website.

  38. Patrick Hibbard on December 19th, 2013 11:49 am

    I live in Albuquerque, NM. My girlfriend and I have seen a crow and a hawk apparently playing together on two separate occasions. Each was in vastly different parts of the city, so I am assuming that they are different birds all round. My girlfriend attributes a bit more meaning to natural events than I do, but I do acknowledge the phenomenal nature of these sightings. It seems interesting that this is essentially the only place I’ve found other mention of it on the internet…

  39. the nerger on December 19th, 2013 8:58 pm

    J C,

    Thanks for your siting, which I believe is a new one so far — crows and a hawk resting together.

    Patrick,
    Also, this is something different than most of the posts here, that you saw just one crow with one hawk.

    The Nerger

  40. Lola on April 22nd, 2014 3:57 pm

    Glad that I found this site. I live in Phoenix, AZ, and about 2 months ago I had my first sighting of this hawk/crow interaction; I observed 2 hawks flying above one crow-and since they were just flying above the crow and the crow was cawing, I assumed that they were stalking it for prey. Three days ago, I had my 2nd sighting, which involved ONE hawk and ONE crow. The hawk was flying above the crow and the crow was cawing. They were flying and swooping, and “dancing” it seemed. This is a special thing for me to witness, as crows are my favorite bird/raptor. I do hope that they are just having fun with each other.

  41. the nerger on May 8th, 2014 6:59 pm

    Thanks, Lola! I’m adding Phoenix to the map:

  42. Sue on July 17th, 2014 9:41 pm

    I was visiting relatives near Pittsburgh, PA this week. A pair of crows that frequent their feeder had a clutch of young ones this spring, and a pair of goshawks have been flying with them. I watched one of the hawks come down on a crow’s back three times, leaving the crow unharmed. He wasn’t even ruffled. He just kept eating. The hawk was obviously playing, because those talons could have killed the crow instantly.
    These same crows chase out all other hawks and even risked all to oust a bald eagle from the yard, and the hawks have been picking off the songbirds. Their unusual behavior only seems to extend to each other. Perhaps their nesting sites being in close proximity impels them to accept one another as family?

  43. the nerger on July 18th, 2014 2:25 pm

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for posting. I wonder also if the proximity is a factor — kind of like a “good neighbors” thing. BTW I checked out your blog, http://thesquirrelseye.wordpress.com, and see that your an animal lover. Cool! I’m adding Pittsburgh to the map now.
    The Nerger

  44. Paula on August 8th, 2014 4:15 pm

    This is so interesting – today I Googled “are crows and hawks friends” and found your post. I got home this evening to find a red-tailed hawk and a crow hanging out in my backyard. What got my attention first was the movement of what seemed to be large birds, and then the sound – I hear crows all the time but have never heard a red-tailed hawk before.

    I didn’t get to take a photo because they flew off before I had a chance. But I followed them into the park behind my house and they were hanging out in the trees together.

    I would have assumed the hawks would prey on the crows but they seemed comfortable with each other. This was in the Chicago area.

  45. the nerger on August 9th, 2014 8:34 am

    Hi Paula,

    Great siting! I think that’s one of the few of just one hawk and one crow hanging out in a friendly manner. Please report back if you have any updates. I’ve added you to the map.

    The Nerger

  46. mashiro on August 30th, 2014 6:13 am

    I was out walking the dog early this morning and heard a bunch of crows talking. Just as I began my walk, I watched several fly into a big blue spruce and the a Coopers Hawk flew in too. I thought it was just a chase but then 3 of the crows flew to a rooftop and the hawk flew and sat near them–really right next to them. they seemed petty content to be near each other. I stopped hearing the crows for a while as I continued walking the dog. When I arrived back at my house 5 crows were sitting on the telephone wires and the hawk was right in between them. Again, all the birds seemed content to be quite close to each ash and oakton des plaines il. it didn’t deem like any fighting or chasing was going on, just some bird pals hanging out together.

  47. the nerger on September 2nd, 2014 7:26 pm

    Hi Mashiro,
    Your siting most closely resembles my original one way back in 2010. You’re also the second siting we’ve had reported in the Chicago area. I’ve added you to the map. Thanks!
    The Nerger

  48. Tiffany on September 9th, 2014 5:45 am

    This morning at 8:06/8:07 am I was walking my little girl out to the car to go to school. We live on a dead end street that is heavily wooded and have A LOT of birds :). This morning though I witnessed something I have never seen, and NEVER had them come so close to me! Today is the 40th birthday of a dear friend of mine that passed away 11-27-2012 (the night before my birthday)…I can only hope this was her celebrating with other amazing friends we have lost on her big day! Sorry..rambling! :) We live in Friendswood, TX just south of Houston…I am standing in the drive way when I heard the call of the Crow, I hear ruckus in the air and look up..about 10feet to my right and about 6 feet above there is a Hawk being chased by 2 crows and the crow looks as though he is nipping the hawk…as they are flying directly towards me I watch in AWE! The hawk is now about 1 foot in front of me and still about 6 feet above…He makes and abrupt U-Turn and proceeds to chase the Crows and they fly off throuogh the oak tree and into the tall pines into the woods! WHAT AN AMAZING WAY TO START THE DAY!!!!!! HAPPY HARVEST MOON!!!

  49. Larry Draper on September 20th, 2014 10:10 am

    Today five or six crows crows circled close to where i live. they also circled on my walks. At a few places they apear to have a hawk amongest them. one that guides. and maybe a lead crow also or two from a distance. Today they circeled and a group of smaller birds flew through the center in a north easterly direction. About due north a crow was single out of the circle. I beleive to caprure the full immage on camera may be earned. central oregon. I beleive the are intelligent and the bat is a form of change. maybe change with in self and seeking truth.

  50. Julie Danca on September 27th, 2014 1:01 pm

    I have a family of crows with a hawk. I saw them two days ago, then again this morning.
    They sit in the trees, walk on the ground and fly around together. I have a couple photos.

  51. the nerger on October 3rd, 2014 11:22 am

    Thanks to Tiffany, Larry and Julie for your stories. Julie, I’d love to see your photos and post them to the site. Please email me, nerger@thenerge.com. Thanks!

  52. the nerger on November 11th, 2014 7:44 pm

    We received photos from Valerie Sylvester which you can view here.

  53. Tammy K on January 4th, 2015 8:36 am

    I am currently living in Deming, New Mexico, my family and I have been discussing moving but we have two children that are not ours that need to be considered in our move! This has been a huge struggle as this is our home town which we left for many years and recently moved back. But our move here was to finish up some loose ends which have been completed now. When we moved from Colorado we were struggling with the decision to move but we had a red tailed hawk that have me the strength to move. She was very symbolic to me as my late father had once saved and nurtured back to health a red tail when I was a child and we released her once she was well enough– in this same town! Anyways. The past few days we have had a single crow sitting outside on the fence post. This morning I was looking up the meaning of the crow and was trying to decifer the crow from raven so my husband and I were going outside when I told him that the last time we were struggling we had a hawk to guide us, we’ll we made it outside and was watching this crow but she was in the field. So my hubby said lets go for a walk to get closer to see the difference. And as we started to walk– 7 crows and a huge Red tail hawk flew out of the tree above us! They were flying together and cawing together. We watched for several minutes and never once did they try to attack each other. They just flew in line with the hawk in the center. And then the hawk and crow landed on two fence posts that have been so beautiful to us for a year! I started crying as o had just said I needed a hawk to show me that whatever our decision was that it would be the right one and I had read that the crow ment it was time to leave your nest! So as I write this I am very emotional. To me, the meaning of the hawk and crow playing or flying together means that no matter our decision to move– we will be protected by the hawk and overseen by the crow on our new journey and trust that these two girls that are in our life will be protected as well as one will be going with us and one will be going to a deaf school where she will be learning what she needs in life! I hope this helps someone else out there if they are struggling to! Thank you so much for this site!

  54. the nerger on January 4th, 2015 2:05 pm

    Hi Tammy,

    Thanks so much for your story. I could feel the emotion behind your words. It sounds to me that your have all the signs you need to make the right decision. Thanks for coming to my site, and best of luck in your new home!

    The Nerger

  55. Sally on January 18th, 2015 7:43 am

    I just saw a hawk and 4 crows fly in together and sit, side by side on the fence outside my house. They sat there for a about 10 15 min. and all left together. I’ve never paid attention to omens, but for what ever reason this has totally freaked me out. At the time I saw them I was getting ready to feed the livestock and was afraid to leave the house. This is the second time I’ve seen 4 crows sitting together near the house, but the first time I saw a hawk with them. Could this mean something or have I just gone over the edge

  56. Lisa Jacobus on February 24th, 2015 12:52 pm

    I saw a crow and a hawk down the street yesterday in my Crofton Maryland neighborhood. They were sitting in the same tree, and the crow kept hopping over the hawk. He didn’t attack the hawk and the hawk didn’t appear disturbed in the least. They were just kind of hanging out like buddies.

  57. Stephanie on March 1st, 2015 10:51 am

    We live in northwest Las Vegas, Nevada. On Saturday, February 28, 2014, my husband and I saw two crows flying overhead and squawking. When we looked higher, we saw a hawk (don’t know what kind) soaring much higher up in the sky, but in the same area. I was concerned that the hawk would attack the crows. But, gradually, the crows began ascending higher and higher, until they were almost as high up in the sky as the hawk. They seemed to have caught the same wind streams, so they were also soaring and not flapping their wings. It was all very peaceful.

    I’m so glad I found your post about this phenomenon!

  58. Gary on March 2nd, 2015 11:37 am

    We live north of Taos, NM and have an open field with views of the Rio Grande Valley to the west. There is a large, single pinion tree across the field in which crows hang out. I saw a large hawk heading towards the tree just now. It was either a Red Tail or a Swainson’s. As it approached, a crow flew away – as I would expect. I then picked up my binoculars to take a look. To my surprise, the hawk was there, but so were several large crows/ravens. Then I observed the hawk and one crow take off. They exhibited the playful, interactive flight described by others. Eventually the hawk continued to the south, and the crow returned to the tree. Amazing!

  59. Gary on March 2nd, 2015 11:48 am

    OK, probably a Red Tail. Swainson’s migrate to Argentina in the winter.

  60. the nerger on March 11th, 2015 7:23 pm

    Hi Sally, Lisa, Stephanie and Gary,
    Wow, the playful crows and hawks have been busy around the country! Thanks for your posts.

    And no, Sally, you haven’t gone over the edge as you can see from the many other folks who have observed the same thing.

    You’ve all been put on the map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zlxAZ0DwHt7A.k1ccaAcNMGqE&msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=37.064209,-96.136036&spn=13.57233,52.569924&source=embed

    The Nerger

  61. christa on March 16th, 2015 11:50 am

    I found this thread while searching for info on crows and hawks flying together–I live in Alameda, CA and was walking on Gibbons Drive when I noticed a crow flying the same path as a hawk (I believe we have red-shouldered hawks here), dipping and swooping and the crow was squawking. At first I thought maybe it was mama hawk teaching a baby, but definitely a crow. They finally perched on separate branches in a big tree, and there was another hawk already there–after some rustling and flapping of wings they flew off. The next day in my backyard a few blocks away there was a terrific commotion with a hawk dive-bombing (as low as 1 ft off the ground)the little birds at my feeders and a crow following & squawking–2 drive-bys in an hour! No victims, happily. I know it’s nature and all, but I love my backyard birds. The first sighting seemed like playing, the second like the crow was chasing the hawk away.

  62. LeeAnn on March 27th, 2015 6:52 pm

    We are visiting our property in southwest Colorado (near Dove Creek) on the Utah state line and were talking about the difference between Ravens and Crows. We determined what we see are Ravens and I walked out with binoculars to wait for one to come around.
    I heard a faint “tok” and new one was somewhere nearby. As I tried to focus toward the sound, I looked up and saw the Raven I heard flying overhead, side by side (virtually touching wingtips) with a hawk. I had never seen that in all the years we’ve had this property.
    They were flying north, stayed perfectly together soaring over our property, and then the hawk gently turned off to the west while the Raven continued north. We assume the hawk was the one we often see in the same area to the edge of our property where it was headed.
    It was a beautiful site and, like so many others have commented, I found this page when I researched it this evening.
    Thanks for keeping this going! If I’m ever fortunate enough to get a picture, I’ll come back to post it.

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  64. JR on May 7th, 2015 5:53 am

    I can say there will be a day when you will believe. Strange Nerge, that you don’t, yet. Anyway, I know a hawk represents a higher spiritual calling, either to prompt you to look closer at your spiritual walk or continue seeking God in a higher way. Hawks fly so very high in the sky and have the most incredible eyesight from above, the see everything, even a small field mouse move. A visit or close encounter is generally a positive one and may happen as you are learning who you are in Christ, via prayer reading the word or through fasting. Along your spiritual journey seeking a higher of God; an encounter from a hawk is good. Last night while having dinner with my brother and his family at his house we saw crows attacking a red tail hawk until about 20 or feathers were missing from the hawks lower back, then when we all became aware of this, the hawk flys off and the crows chase him. In the animal kingdom crows have a no fly when a hawk has a nest with babies in it. In this case this hawk must have been crows who had a nest and the message was clear, leave this tree and this area. My question, as part Indian, is what is the spiritual meaning of this? My only take away is that it is an omen that their are dark spiritual forces that are going to try to attack the higher calling and achievment made in seeking a higher level of God. I wonder if it also could mean my brother should move from that area as he and his wife have changed while they have lived in that house which was a money trap; they have sunk lots of money into it and have been unsuccessful in selling it. Some may believe it was just nature, but the fact that You with your Own eyes has signicant meaning. I could tell stories about many animal sightings, some positive and some with a negative connatation,that warned and guided me along the years but I will only share two. My father mother and brother and I went to see my grandparents, along the way we saw a most ominous sign of a death coming soon in the form of an owl perch right up along our path. We all saw it and it seemed to have been there on purposed, never flinched, we passed it all in wonder. A week later we were going along the same path this time going to bury my grandfather as he passed away a short time after seeing the owl. A week after that we saw another owl very obvisously again, and my grandmother passed about a week later. There are no coincidences I repeat there are no coincidence, but that is my opinion. I am hoping someone else has a spiritual meaning for the hawk being attacked by crows other than thats nature. JR (so. Indiana)

  65. Becca on July 10th, 2015 4:37 pm

    I also have seen our local murder of crows flying with the two hawks that live here two times now and this is the first I have seen of anyone else witnessing the same sight. Very cool!

  66. linda dazey on August 11th, 2015 5:05 am

    Wow, I observed for over an hour crows and hawks playing and training together. Mostly immatures, being taught to defend their territory. These species worked together as if it were training day. I was so honored to observe this, they both have territories here, but this was fascinating to see them all working together. The adults were right along with them.

  67. the nerger on October 7th, 2015 7:50 pm

    Hmm… more evidence on the adolescents being in the forefront if these interactions. Thanks, Linda.

  68. Pamela on August 20th, 2015 12:58 pm

    I was so interested to find this site. I live in Versailles, Kentucky. There are four crows that visit my yard most every day. They eat, drink and play. Very cute! Originally there was what seemed to be a pair of crows with what appeared to be “helper” crow. They were always together. Now there are four crows. The newest one must be a baby as he sits with one crow who appears to be feeding him, although he appears full grown.

    Today, they were in the yard with a peregrine falcon. They spent quite a while in my trees flapping and seemingly playing with each other. This is the second time I have seen them so this. There are lots of squirrels,chipmunks and rabbits which I am sure the falcon wants to eat. But it almost seems as if the crows fly in with the falcon to protect the other wildlife. They appear to usher the falcon into the yard and then escort him out. I know that is probably not likely, but I like to think of the crows as protectors! I feel so very fortunate to be able to observe the crows. There is just something magical about them.

  69. the nerger on October 7th, 2015 7:49 pm

    A peregrine falcon — interesting! Thanks, Pamela.

  70. LD on August 24th, 2015 5:21 pm

    I saw a red-tailed hawk amongst a murder of crows today in a forested park in Maryland. The crows were all being very vocal (even more so as I neared them). They flew from one tree to another which is when I noticed the hawk with them. It also landed in the new tree and began to call that classic Colbert report sounding call. I could hear another hawk calling from farther away as well. This all went on for only a couple of minutes. I honestly did just get the impression the hawk was simply hanging out with the crows.

  71. Jody on September 2nd, 2015 6:44 am

    I just came on the net looking for info because a raven and a hawk have been hanging out together in my yard all morning. I think a sharp-shinned hawk.

  72. Teri White on September 2nd, 2015 1:50 pm

    There are a pair of ravens that I see regularly flying over north central Tucson. The last couple of times they’ve visited the office rooftop, they have had a new friend with them, a cooper’s hawk. They seem very comfortable together. Thanks for the site!

  73. the nerger on October 7th, 2015 7:40 pm

    Okay, that’s the first time someone mentioned ravens. Interesting!

  74. BH on September 16th, 2015 1:22 pm

    Hi Guys! I came across this website the same way as many others –Googling– Crows & Hawks, friends or enemies? A couple of days ago I found feathers near the area I feed & water the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, & bunnies under a tree. Yesterday a squirrel was out under that tree searching & I tried to get my 5 lazy dogs outside to chase it away b/c of the recent murder scene, but it was a no go. So I went out to shoo it away & lo & behold their was a small hawk on the back fence watching me! There was a tree between the hawk & squirrel, I clapped my hands & both split. When I turned to go back in I realized there was an insane amount of racket going on in the top of my neighbors oak trees. Curious, b/c I watched the hawk fly that way, I stopped to listen. It sounded like quite a squabble up there. 3 crows & a huge (!) hawk flew up out of the noise then back into it. Then a couple of crows & the smaller hawk flew up & a crow & the smaller hawk started chasing each other back & forth as if the were playing “tag” while the other 2 or 3 kind of circled around the tree tops. The “game” lasted right under 10 mins. All the while I was thinking, this is not going to turn out well for the feisty crow! They weren’t aggressive to each other, but they poked at each other with thief beaks each time before they made a turnaround. The cheering section in the trees kept getting louder with even more LOUDER squabbling going on. I have no idea what was going on up there, but I already had the past pleasure (not!) of living in a house where 2 Hawks made a nest right above our drive way. So since my useless mutts weren’t going to do anything I started yelling & clapping my hands together & then my 5 barking dogs appeared & scared the birds out of the trees. It was 10+ crows and a large & small red-tailed hawk that flew off in the same direction together.
    After they left yesterday & last night it was eerily quite in the back yard. Needless to say, I will not be feeding the birds etc for a while. I’m not baiting the small creatures for those guys.
    I wish I would have videoed it now, it was pretty amazing–now–yesterday it was pretty freaky b/c the murder high in the trees were SO loud & the only thing I’ve seen Hawks do to other animals is not something I will watch by choice.
    Nature at its best in Alpharetta Georgia. :)

    By the way, 2 years ago in the Florida panhandle I turned down a street about 10 pm & a white owl flew down to the ground right in front of my car. Maybe it was going for something? Idk? Anyway, I had just turned down the street when it flew down in front of me in the headlights, touched the ground & flew back up into the trees. It was pure white with light brown spots. That was a beautiful sight albiet a little bizarre.
    Thanks for this site, I have enjoying reading about the other encounters. Have a great day everybody! :)

  75. Mary Arneson on October 6th, 2015 5:08 pm

    Today, October 6, 2015, my husband and I were cycling by a school playground / public park. The large grassy area was full of what appeared to be families of crows, pecking at things on the ground, and sometimes flying around. We hearheard some chatter, but no alarm calls. Two small hawks that I think were Sharp Shinned hawks were diving at the crows, sometimes solo and sometimes together. Crows would also swoop down on the hawks. Nobody seemed to be getting hit, and there was little or no sign of any of the birds appearing upset. This went on for a quarter hour or more. I think that it may have been young crows learning to avoid predators and young hawks learning to hunt. The hawks looked too small to take a crow, and if they got too close, a watchful adult crow flew in and shooed away the hawk. Very fun to watch – – definitely looked like play-fighting.

  76. Mary Arneson on October 6th, 2015 7:49 pm

    Sorry I left out the location. We are in Minneapolis, MN. The date was October 6, 2015.

  77. the nerger on October 7th, 2015 6:50 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for this siting! I think it’s interesting that you think they were sharp shinned hawks, which we haven’t had yet for this phenomenon. Your siting confirms two of my theories: 1) that this occurs with all kinds of hawks/raptors 2) that this occurs mostly with adolescent raptors and crows.

    Okay readers, keep ’em coming!

    The Nerger

  78. Laurie on October 21st, 2015 12:58 pm

    On my way to the hospital to see my mother- in-law this morning in Waco, Texas, I noticed some crows flying about.I glanced up at a electric pole and notice a red-tail hawk land right next to a crow. I thought that was very odd; neither seemed to mind the other.

  79. the nerger on October 21st, 2015 6:12 pm

    Thanks, Laurie, and I hope your mother-in-law is okay.

  80. Annie on November 1st, 2015 9:35 am

    Wonderful website. I am happy to see so many people enjoying the beauty of nature and being open to such powerful & spiritual experiences. We have had 3 ravens enjoying our property for months, and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago we saw two of the Ravens on our utility pole and a Red Tailed Hawk landed on the cross arm with them. They all flew off together, no one bothering the other, just like a group of children going out to play. We call our property “Two Feather Sanctuary”, as we have tried to make the SW Arizona desert more favorable for our feathered friends. Thank you for making such a great website for all of us to enjoy and share stories.

  81. the nerger on November 1st, 2015 3:33 pm

    Hi Annie,
    Thank you! One day I’ll get the new, improved website together but I’m glad this version is still working and getting folks to share stories.

    The Nerger

  82. Karen on November 4th, 2015 11:59 am

    Ocala Florida…

    Glad to have come across this site! I have noticed a hawk hanging out with the crows on my property… sitting on the same fence line… and then when on a run there was a hawk (red tailed) on one side of the road, and a crow in a tree on the other and they were ‘talking’ back and forth… 4 short caws from the crow, then 4 short screeches from the hawk… back and forth at least 6 or 7 times while I was passing…

    Other times I have seen the crows get very upset by hawks

    crows rock. :-)

  83. Roger on November 21st, 2015 7:04 am

    Hello,

    I live in York township York, Pa and stepped out side this morning 11-21-15 and witness three crows and a hawk. One crow on a tree and two flying around with a hawk squaking, look like thay were playing. It lasted about a min. Then they flew away.

    I thought it would be a good idea to Google this phenomenon.

  84. robin on December 7th, 2015 3:28 am

    I live up in san Luis co. We just got back from church so a little after I go outside to check the horses, and there’s two ravens circling the air together. I used to see them fly together around October too but I can’t get the meaning of it. They flew together then one raven left the scene, then the other. The hawk remained circling around me a few times then soared away effortlessly.

  85. Calbert on January 25th, 2016 6:13 pm

    I live in State College, PA. Today while at one my favorite lookout spots in Rothrock I heard a low guttural bird noise and was surprised to see that it came from a lone raven. It was flying up a short distance, flipping upside down and making its noise as it fell, before righting itself and repeating. Already I felt like I had seen something special. After making one large pass of the section of ridge I was on, doing its cooing noise about a dozen times, it came back into view with some kind of hawk. They flew together in an almost playful manner, slowly maneuvering around, taking turns leading and following, and sometimes even coming into contact with each other with some non-menacing pecks and kicks. When it occurred to me to take a picture, they flew off to the next ridge over. It felt to me like the raven was showing off its prowess in flight and having a great time, enough to taunt the hawk out to play before dark. It was roughly an hour before sunset and there is healthy snow on the ground, partially why I was extra surprised to see large birds. Either way, what I saw today touched me deeply enough to find this great site where so many other people have experienced this same wonder.

  86. the nerger on January 29th, 2016 9:59 am

    Calbert,
    What a great story. Your description made me feel like I was right there watching it too.
    The Nerger

  87. cj on March 18th, 2016 4:52 pm

    In April of 2015 about 6 in the morning I was walking my dog in the little league park next to my house which is on the border of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. I looked up to see a raven and a red tail hawk perched on opposite sides of a cellular tower which struck me as curious knowing the two are normally territorial. As l was watching they launched from their perch and descended wing tip to wing to a spot over the nearby river channel and ascended on a thermal like kind of yin yang symbol. I haven’t seen the birds together after that. To this day I regret that I didn’t have my phone with to take a video. It offered my great comfort because my totem is covid and my son’s is the hawk.

  88. the nerger on March 20th, 2016 7:36 pm

    Hi CJ,
    Thanks for your sharing your observation, and I’m glad it gave you comfort. I’ve added you to the map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=zlxAZ0DwHt7A.k1ccaAcNMGqE

  89. Betsy on June 2nd, 2016 7:41 am

    I watched a hawk and crow flying together right above General Hospital in San Francisco yesterday. Their movements didn’t appear to be aggressive/defensive, but instead playful/relaxed. Happy to find this discussion with so many reports of similar sightings. It seemed extraordinary to me.

  90. Brew on June 2nd, 2016 10:32 am

    Was in backyard with my dog in South Shore Massachusetts when i saw a big red tailed hawk fly up onto branch of dying pine tree. I have close to an acre cleared but then alot of wooded and high tensions wires area behind me. The hawk was followed by two crows who also flew up and landed in same tree. All three sat in same tree on three different branches each one up from the next for at least 20 – 30 seconds or longer. I looked away briefly and when i looked back they were gone and i was not able to locate them again. The crows nest on my property. And i believe the hawk nest somewhere in nieghborhood. I have seen the hawk on other occaisions and the two crows flying in same wide area but never before did i think they were either fighting or playing, but have definitly been in sight of each other.

  91. Jeanne on June 9th, 2016 3:31 pm

    I see Hawks all the time, they are a constant for me for the past 20 yrs. I have seen several times a Hawk (Copper I think) with smaller birds flying with; playing and following each other. I have seen them in my area, Montgomery County, PA. One particular many times over the years, sometimes with one other smaller bird and other times with two smaller birds. I’ve often wondered if they are baby Hawks or crows?

  92. the nerger on June 9th, 2016 6:47 pm

    Betsy — hey neighbor! What an interesting place to see a siting.

    Brew and Jeanne, thanks for reporting from the East Coast.

  93. steve richards on July 26th, 2016 3:42 am

    im 60 years old have hunted and studied birds all my life.this a.m. i saw many crows and hawks feeding and socializing together for the first time. its July 26 2016 in Birmingham Alabama. blew my mind, not natural,must be a sign, of what im not sure, but will be watching.

  94. Gerry Smith on August 10th, 2016 2:32 pm

    we’ve been tossing some peanuts on our flat garage roof to a family of 7 crows for a couple weeks in our backyard in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. A couple days ago we noticed a hawk flying among the crows…seemingly taking turns chasing each other among the trees. But it didn’t see too aggressive. This morning we saw 2 hawks in our yard with the family of crows. One hawk was perched on the peak of our garage roof with the crows in the nearby trees. Crows were not giving any alarm calls. Again, seemed to be more playful than serious chase. Will try to get pictures or video next time.

  95. the nerger on August 10th, 2016 2:36 pm

    Wow Gerry, if you could get some video that’d be awesome!

    The Nerger

  96. Bren on August 13th, 2016 11:00 am

    Nice website to find as I was searching for Hawks playing with Crows! I live in northern VA and have observed a red-tail hawk playing with crows under our bird feeder. I’ve also seen possibly the same hawk trying to play with a group of squirrels. It sat 6 feet from the squirrels and did not attempt to attack them… it just sat and watched them. This is definitely not the usual hawk behavior I’ve seen over the years. I thought maybe the hawk had suffered head trauma but after discovering this website I guess this really happens between Hawks & Crows and perhaps squirrels, too! Lol

  97. brian on August 27th, 2016 7:04 am

    easton, mass. two hawks and nearly a dozen crows have been spotted here “playing” quite often. non aggressive. flying around in groups of two to seven, chasing each other and then landing back in the same large tree where they usually all congregate.

    the hawks are younger and the crows are mostly mid to larger size.

  98. Debbie on August 30th, 2016 1:02 pm

    Sitting here in in peaceful Cape Porpoise, Maine when I look at the neighbor’s dock and see a small hawk and three crows sitting together on the railing. Have never seen that before. Crows doing a lot of chatting and the hawk just hanging out. Then the troupe flew to our dock. The crows did most of the flight and chatter while the hawk took in the scene. They all took off, peacefully, as a group. Quite a beautiful sight!

  99. Shelley on September 7th, 2016 8:27 am

    On a frequent visit to Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal, Canada to shoot Bluebirds I hit the jackpot: a murder of Crows with a Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk!
    Initially it was a few Crows and a Cooper, the Crows usually chasing the Hawk but also visa-versa in almost an entire third of the cemetery and then… it seemed the flock became larger. One of the Crows would start a gutteral “caw” and chase after the Hawk and the others would join in but eventually all land in the same general area. I got shots of several locations where the Hawk was sitting in a tree, a tombstone or on the ground with a flock of a varying number of crows.
    It grew late and as usual I lost track of time and place with me chasing the crows and Hawk.
    My trip ended at a large puddle in the road filled with approximately 15 -20 Crows, one of which was sitting with the Cooper on an adjoining tomb! Not a totally unusual phenomena-
    Sorry for not translating! (would be a google translate)

  100. the nerger on September 7th, 2016 9:24 am

    Shelley,
    This is definitely the jackpot. F√©licitations! I’ll post your photos here. Merci beaucoup!
    The Nerger

  101. Mary Arneson on September 9th, 2016 10:37 am

    On August 20,2016 we again saw crows and Hawks playing. There were about a dozen crows and 4 or 5 Cooper’s hawks at Pershing Park in Minneapolis. This park is 2 or 3 miles from the park where we observed similar activities last October. None of the birds seemed at all upset, and they were taking turns chasing, then all sitting together on stadium fences and light poles.

    I’m writing this in September, having just seen another episode, which I’ll describe separately.

  102. Mary Arneson on September 9th, 2016 10:46 am

    Today, September 9, 2016 we were looking at a row of 4 crows perched along the ridge of a roof in our neighborhood. There were two Cooper’s hawks flying around, and we heard some cawing, but the birds that were sitting didn’t seem alarmed. One of the hawks buzzed them and sat down at the end of the row. Another crow flew at it, and they left with the crow pursuing the hawk. There were several chases back and forth while we watched, but no birds were looking upset. This was at West 49th and South Vincent in Minneapolis, several blocks east of where we saw similar activities on August 20th and a couple miles NNW of the park where we watched crows and small hawks (probably sharp-shinned) playing in Oct 2015.

  103. Collin on September 11th, 2016 4:11 am

    I live in Temperance Michigan USA. In our neighborhood I have seen hawks flying with crows in the early morning hours around 6 am to 7 am. They are not fighting but flying together. This has been going on for two years now.

  104. Susan on October 6th, 2016 11:30 am

    On the morning of 11/12/15 i had just received word from back home of my bestfriend passing suddenly when i walked out on the ridge to see a redtail hawk and a crow playing. I took it as a sign. It was a beautiful dance.

    Diamond Springs,Ca

  105. Gene Coulombe on October 6th, 2016 5:12 pm

    We have a group of five crows visiting our yard for a number of years now. For the last few months we have noticed a hawk flying close by. Today the hawk landed in the yard with the crows and appeared to be hunting for chipmunks or mice with them. The birds all stayed in the yard for five or ten minutes before going on their rounds together.

  106. Paul on October 21st, 2016 10:01 am

    Today I witnessed for the first time in my life about 50 large hawks flying together in a circle for about 5 min. I’ve ever seen so many. I took a picture but don’t know how to upload

  107. Stephanie on October 27th, 2016 12:48 pm

    I have a pair of Cooper’s hawks that nest in the pines by my house in Sierra Vista, AZ. We also have a nesting pair of horned owls. We often witness them fighting in the early morning but the last couple of weeks during the day these hawks have been “hanging out” with a couple of ravens. I just couldn’t figure out what was going on. They fly together. They perch in the trees together and they seem to get along well. This morning I had my guinea fowl out and heard the raven call and sure enough looked up in time to see the hawk circling my birds. I thought the hawk must be annoyed that his “friend” gave him away. It was an unlucky break for him but a lucky one for me! What kind of madness is this? I’m glad to see others have observed it as well.

  108. the nerger on October 27th, 2016 1:15 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    I think the “madness” is that other species don’t have linear or black-and-white thinking. The same animals could be a friend or an enemy — it depends on the situation. This is something that fascinates me, and apparently others as well.

    The Nerger

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  110. Nada on November 10th, 2016 7:48 am

    I watch yesterday, Nov.9, 2016, 2 raven and 2 adult red tail hawks ‘playing’…still awestruck! !!!

  111. Nada on November 10th, 2016 7:49 am

    North Platte River , casper wy

  112. Kanika on November 18th, 2016 9:24 am

    Saw I crow chasing a hawk here in Arlington, VA yesterday. I have seen this hawk frequently but I have never seen it engaging with a crow before.

  113. Echo Greene on December 8th, 2016 4:37 am

    In Spring, 2016, I was living under a bridge, in San Lorenzo, Ca. Many pigeons were roosting in the I-Beams of the bridge.

    One day, a crow started hanging around. After the pigeons made nests and laid eggs, the crow would disappear for a couple of days. When he came back, a retailed hawk came with him and destroyed the nest. Sometimes, it would snap the head off of a grown pigeon.

    The pigeons tried three or four times and each time it was the same.

    One day, my girlfriend was there. I had explained to her what had been happening. She threw a small rock at the hawk. S/He wasn’t hurt, but s/he never came back.

    I was shocked that a crow and a hawk would work together like that. I don’t condone what my girlfriend did. Nature has it’s reasons for what it does. On the other hand, bullies sometimes need to be taken down a peg.

  114. Deb on December 11th, 2016 6:00 am

    I have a picture of a hawk and crow in my tree. I missed the pic in my neighbors yard with a hawk on the ground with “many” crows around the hawk & in the trees. No fighting going on. Weird but I feed the crows on the roof off my bedroom. Hawk and crows came this morning. I live in Gales Ferry CT. Don’t know how to get the pic to you

  115. P. Lipscomb on December 20th, 2016 8:21 pm

    I just witnessed this in my neighborhood in Richmond Va. In the city We are close to an old pond with lots of old very large oaks and other types too. And every year we have a family of Hawks (don’t know if same pair or not). We have a number of them. Sometimes you will see a adult with up to 3 younger ones sitting on the fence. Hear them quite often and also see in trees. Normally they have taken a plump dove or Robin, and other birds are dive bombing to scare them off. However, this week I looked out the window and saw a younger hawk sitting on a branch with a crow. There were several crows in other branches – the temps were 19F. They went up and flew around and then would settle back in tree – no aggression towards each other…just “playing”. The hawk was so funny because he/she would hop up on branch next to a crow and try to get close (cold) and it was all ruffled up. The crow would hop to another branch and this went on for 1/2hour at the most before a big wind came up and e ery one disappeared. I have seen the Hawks sitting in the yard sometimes too. They love sitting at very top of trees perusing for squirrels, rats, rabbits, etc . I have seen the young flying with parents diving, swooping, screaming many times but never seen one playing with the crows. Very strange but also strange to see pair of bluebirds in city too for extended period of times – maybe the pond. We have a botanical garden about 3 miles away but mostly small city lots no open fields/pastures normally preferred by bluebirds. We have all kinds of critters (baby raccoons 3 traveling with a baby possum) – even the occasional bear and deer. I haven’t seen these though others have taken pics. See lots more deer in suburbs as opposed to city.

  116. P. Lipscomb on December 20th, 2016 8:22 pm

    Will try to pick up jaw and take pictures of crows and Hawks next time.

  117. D. Paley on January 15th, 2017 4:37 pm

    Today,driving alongside the Fore River in Portland, Maine, I saw a crow and small hawk that seemed to be playing with each other. What was most amazing was how the crow would roll and spin in the air, in a way that seemed to have no purpose other than fun. Nothing about the interaction looked aggressive.

  118. Cassandra Hamilton on January 27th, 2017 11:47 am

    1/27/17 I live in Marlborough, CT. A few hours ago, I paused on my street to see a Hawk above me in a tree. I observed it for a few moments, then it left the tree to fly towards crows and send them scattering.

  119. Heather on February 3rd, 2017 9:53 am

    I just saw a hawk fly straight across my back yard, above the trees, while a crow flew with it, swooping around but keeping time with the no-nonsense hawk. We live near Rochester, NY.

  120. Jeff - MI on February 11th, 2017 6:33 am

    Second time in three days I noticed a crow and hawk in my yard but today the crow flew in first then the hawk, both landed in the same tree then the crow flew on the hawk branch the hawk then went to a near by tree.
    Didn’t look aggressive to me.

  121. gina on March 15th, 2017 12:17 pm

    Ok, so I am not delusional. About six months ago I thought I saw two crows chasing a hawk. I mentioned it to my hubby and he thought maybe the hawk was messing with a nest and the crows went after him. NOPE!! I Have Had six sightings since and and these two crows and the hawk hang out together, They are just chilling in Imperial Beach California.

  122. the nerger on March 15th, 2017 6:44 pm

    Hey Gina,
    I’m glad we could confirm that what you are seeing is real!
    The Nerge

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