FWC: Hawks Begin Nesting In Spring and Summer, Become More Aggressive

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Who ya gonna call about hawks?

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It is important to remember that all Florida birds of prey (including their nests and eggs) are protected under Florida law and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (FWC Image)

So say you’ve got a resident hawk in your neighborhood and you’ve enjoyed watching it soar gracefully overhead and regally perching in the trees around your home.

Suddenly, that hawk you have been peacefully sharing your neighborhood with starts diving at you every time you step into your back yard!

What is going on?

This type of inquiry comes in often to the wildlife assistance biologists of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, particularly during spring and summer when birds of prey are nesting.

Chances are, that hawk is protecting a nearby nest with chicks or eggs.

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Although you don’t think you pose a threat, the hawk apparently thinks otherwise and does everything it can to discourage you from getting near its nest. (FWC Image)

Although you don’t think you pose a threat, the hawk apparently thinks otherwise and does everything it can to discourage you from getting near its nest.

Do you have a nesting hawk diving at you in your neighborhood? The best recommendation is to avoid the area near the nest, if possible.

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If you must go through the area, carry an umbrella.

Temporarily putting up a tarp or canopy tent can help by obstructing a bird’s view of people. It is important to remember that all Florida birds of prey (including their nests and eggs) are protected under Florida law and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Removal of active and inactive nests or the birds themselves requires a permit.


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