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My daughter has been working at a jobsite in PDX and this red tail has befriended her. Only interacts with her waits for her every morning and will come from the trees if she whistles. Wonder what the backstory is?
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Fascinating. Has she taken to bringing treats? I have seen them taking squirrel in my city, but I wonder what a red-tailed hawk treat might look like.

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Way Cool Robert;   Your daughter must be a special girl for this hawk to pick her!  
 
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Initially it would come sit with her at coffee and lunch breaks and she shared her food with her. She realized that that there was a nest near by and she tapered off feeding it after some advice from some rehab folks. The hawk then began bringing her tasty rodent and bird pieces. Really an odd interaction, but she has some great videos and photos. This has been going on for about 16 months and the job is winding down. I'm sure they'll miss one another.
 
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I would muse if this hawk was hand raised, for falconry, and released into the wild as an adult.  Maybe it's imprinted on humans.  Falconers train the raptors to bring their kills back in exchange for tasty food, usually pigeon meat.  Maybe your daughter resembles someone who might have raised it!  Very cool though
 
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Since the hawk only interacts with my daughter we surmised that somwhere a female falconer/ rehab facility worker might have been in her past. Or maybe the hawk just thinks my daughter is cool like I do.
 
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Robert Ray wrote:

Or maybe the hawk just thinks my daughter is cool like I do.

Oh, you're not biased at all! I'm glad to hear it's nesting. Yes, ask your daughter to please try to teach it how to catch squirrels - we're over-run with grey squirrel's here after someone released a couple of them. They're not indigenous to the island, and they're too bold. Our robins were like that until some owls moved in and decided that robin tasted good. There are still plenty of robins around, but now they act like prey instead of like they own the place! I'd be happy is somebody instilled that attitude in the squirrels. I don't mind sharing, but I want the squirrels to share with me as well.
 
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Some kind of connection/trust I'm a little jealous.
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Great photo!

Caption could read:

I am the Crossing Supervisor and, from one 'bird' to another, thou shalt not cross here!





 
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Just one more that I really liked.
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Robert,.....Just a plug in case anything arises where the bird might need care for whatever reason and if you don't know of one closer by Portand.  Outside of Corvallis is a Wildlife Center called Chintimini....

https://www.chintiminiwildlife.org/

We knew the founders who I don't suspect are with the group at this point...probably retired by now.  But they had good raptor experience and knowledge at the time, so if your daughter is ever in need of contacting them with a question, just follow the link to the contacts.  Cool photos!.....
 
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Thanks John,
The male hawk wants nothing to do with my daughter, just The female. The eyas hatched and are out of nest months ago. We actually have two raptor rehabs that we are connected with in Central Oregon. The Corvallis group is obviously closer, so thanks for that.  It's just so interesting that the hawk seems to enjoy her company. She recognizes her personal truck and work truck and will wait on her ladder rack or truck cab waiting for break time or lunch. If my daughter comes out and doesn't see her when she whistles she will come zipping into the area tucked in a tight dive and flares her wings to lite next to her to see what's up. When she stopped sharing her food or treats that she brought the hawk the hawks bringing her food was a little boggling. Whatever it is she has enjoyed the one sided conversations and company. Others on the jobsite have tried to connect but the hawk has no interest even when coaxed with food. The little girl is healthy and maybe had a rehab history in the past but isn't so bold as to trust all people. A friendship my daughter will remember.
 
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