When it comes to crows, the term “murder” is usually used to describe a flock of these cunning corvids. For the first time, however, I found myself moved to use this word in its more traditional sense when I saw an American Crow taken by a larger avian predator…

The bird astride this ex-crow is a Red-tailed Hawk, presumably a very brave and hungry one. As I was sitting at my dining room table with a friend the other day, my peripheral vision picked up a fast flash of white descending on my neighbor’s lawn. Snow would be the most likely culprit around here but I sensed something more interesting and I was not disappointed.

I’ve never heard of a Red-tailed Hawk taking a crow but clearly, this big raptor was up to the task. From the moment I saw it straddling its unfortunate prey, breakfast was assured. Suffice to say, the rapidly growing congregation of distressed crow cousins was not amused…

Apparently, this hawk grew weary of being mobbed. It scoped out a more strategic picnic spot under a spruce tree and, once the kill was consummated, repaired there straightaway with its entire crow carcass.

The raucous crows couldn’t harry the hawk physically but did not let up on hectoring it, which probably explains why it soon left with its prize, leaving nary a feather behind!

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.