Scientists investigate hawk raised by Redding eagles

Tuffy the red-tailed hawk is getting ready to fly from the nest. Scientists are amazed that the eagles adopted Tuffy and have kept him safe and secure in their nest.

Posted: Jul 4, 2019 7:46 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2019 7:52 PM

A world-renowned eagle biologist arrived in Shasta County Wednesday to log a rare event; an eagle pair taking care of a red-tailed baby hawk alongside their own eaglets.
Red-tailed hawklets are typically food for eaglets explained the biologist, David Hancock.

Members from the Friends of the Redding Eagles group believe the hawklet was most likely grabbed by one of the eagles after the eagle raided the hawk's nest for dinner.

The hawklet that is being called "Tuffy" most likely started begging for food once it was in the eagles' nest.

"It's the same begging response that the young eaglet has. So mum did a complete reversal, instead of reaching down and tearing the head off this young red tail, she reached over and fed it, so it was kind of a lucky break for this red tail. Instead of becoming dinner, he got fed dinner," said Hancock.
Hancock estimates that the hawlets and eaglets are around five weeks old.

The eagles have been feeding the young hawk fish, so it will have to learn on its own how to hunt rodents and other small mammals on its own.

To protect the nest the location is not being made public.

You can read more about David Hancock HERE.

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