Our resident Great Blue Heron George (at the Osuna Ranch) and the hawks who also inhabit this property were having a heated discussion about territory the other day. Gophers are plentiful in the pastures and both birds are their predators. I was walking with Romeo when I heard a loud, guttural squawk followed by screeching from above.
George had been walking the pastures, patrolling for lunch. The hawks were flying above, also looking for lunch. The result was a swooping attack/warning from the hawks as they screeched down at George. His obvious disgruntled squawk was followed by a fly-up onto the roof of the house nearby where he stood guard…stewing I think about how to deal with those darn hawks!