An artificial owl has been hung in a tree to discourage hawks from rebuilding a nest. To the right of the owl is the undiscouraged hawk's effort, a new nest. The HOA hung the owl because the hawks, last season, swooped down and whacked people walking in the vicinity of the tree.
Tuesday morning, walking to my car, I hear something and whack! A hawk got me! Didn't hurt much but did draw a small amount of blood. I keep walking, hear the same noise, turn and here is a hawk, wings extended, claws extended making a beeline towards me. I duck out of the way as it passes over. Now I begin walking backward and the hawk made 2 more passes. I was bobbing and weaving like an aged boxer. I had to laugh when I arrived at my car.
This morning, now carrying a tennis racket simply to fend off an attack but not to swing at it (the cover is still on the racket too), I thought I was out of range, drop the racket to my side and whack! Now, I will look like a dork and wear my bike helmet. It seems that in the morning the two adult hawks are most active.
Well, rode yesterday and today but nothing momentous to report. More to come, soon.