Hawk Vs Squirrel

Our sunny Texas subdivision is host to a wealth of wildlife including possums, skunks, snakes, lizards, toads, squirrels and hawks to name but a few!

Today we had the pure luck to witness a meetig of two sharp eyed yard prowlers, a Hawk and a Squirrel…

Below are the photos we took documenting the epic battle of Hawk Vs Squirrel;

Hawk vs Squirrel - The first encounter!

Hawk vs Squirrel - The first encounter!

Hawk vs Squirrel - Getting to know each other

Hawk vs Squirrel - Getting to know each other

Hawk vs Squirrel - Back away, back away!

Hawk vs Squirrel - Back away, back away!

Hawk vs Squirrel - The hawk appears to have won

Hawk vs Squirrel - The hawk appears to have won

Hawk vs Squirrel - Parting is such sweet sorrow!

Hawk vs Squirrel - Parting is such sweet sorrow!

We saw the hawk return several times and it appeared to be hunting grass snakes, a couple of snakes were snatched up from the grass below and swallowed whole (still wriggling!).
After a quick search we figured out that our visitor was a Red Shouldered Hawk which is common in Texas, below is a closup of one of these beautiful birds;
Red Shouldered Hawk - Common in Texas

Red Shouldered Hawk - Common in Texas

The Red Shouldered Hawk likes to hunt in forested areas and will typically wait on a perch and swoop down on their prey. When hunting in clearings, they sometimes fly low in order to surprise prey. They normally feed on small mammals with voles, mice and chipmunks locally favored. Other prey can include amphibians and reptiles (especially small snakes), small birds, and large insects. During winters, they sometimes start to prey on birds commonly found at bird feeders, such as House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, and European Starlings!
Let is know if you see any Red Shouldered Hawks in your neighborhood, they’re a beatiful hunter and a wonderful creature to observe up close.

Who do you think would win this epic battle? Take our poll…



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5 Responses to “Hawk Vs Squirrel”

  1. Hooray for the hawk. Taking snakes just like he is supposed to.

    • Hi Eileen, thanks for reading, we really did enjoy watching such a beautiful bird. It ate about three small snakes in the short time that we watched it. I had no idea there were so many snakes in our yard!

  2. Have never had a Red Shoulder go after a fully adult squirrel. I have never seen one take a baby squirrel, although I’m sure they would if presented with the opportunity. Don’t think the hawk would tackle the adult squirrel.

    • Hi Beverly, thanks for reading, we were amazed at the tenacity of the squirrel and couldn’t believe how close he got to the Red Shoulder hawk!
      The squirrel did indeed look like an adult so I guess the hawk would have backed down…

  3. I see red-shouldered hawks in my garden – there are numerous squirrels as well (they enjoy the hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.). I am considering placing a couple of barred owl boxes but fear the squirrels would use them as nesting sites. Yesterday two pairs of redtailed hawks were flying overhead and calling to each other. It was an inspiring sight!

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