Beware A Hawk Is In The Air

If you have pets weighing less than 12 lbs, make sure you keep a close eye on them when they are outside. As a hawk or other predatory bird may choose them for a quick meal. Predatory birds are buzzards, eagles, kites and harriers etc. Predatory birds have the strength to pick up your beloved pet. Depending on the weight and size of your pet.

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You may be outside taking your dog outside to go pee. While you stand on the porch in view. You notice a bird flying overhead, circling. It comes closer as it is sizing up your pet to determine if it can pick your pet up as the hawk is hungry looking for a meal. You’re in awe of seeing the hawk in flight. Not realizing what it is doing. All a sudden it swoops down and grabs your pet. It flies away as you scream in fear.

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If you would have took a step off that porch and stood near your dog, the hawk would notice. It would size you up to see if you were a threat. It would check to see how far away you were from your pet and if you are paying attention. If you aren’t, it will have dinner. If you are alert, the bird will fly away.

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I am not making this up to scare anyone or to induce fear when your pet is outside. I am telling you to make you aware of what can happen. As it happens all to often. Carrying a long stick or something to wave in the air when a predatory bird approaches close. Lets the hawk know if it comes closer. It will have a fight on its hand. A hungry hawk doesn’t mean it wants to fight for its dinner. Thus, it will deter the hawk to look elsewhere for dinner.


I grew up with a hawks nest right in my backyard. On the family’s 15 acre farm. In the fall and winter when the leaves fall off the trees. You could see the hawk’s nest through the kitchen window. It was huge. Feral and outside cats didn’t stand a chance. Any small animal would be a hawk’s dinner.


A responsible pet owner will be aware of the wildlife in the area. In order to ensure their pet’s safety, by taking the right precautions. Knowing is half the battle in protecting our pets.


Have you had an encounter with a predatory bird and your pet?


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Photos are from Pixabay, a free use photo website. Photos are of hawks and other predatory birds.


  1. Eva James

    We see them a lot. The outside cats have several areas they can run to for shelter. That is also why I like having the guineas here. When a hawk is flying overhead they sound an alarm and even the chickens run under something for a few minutes

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      That is good they have a system with sound and a place to run to.

  2. Linda Jenkinson

    great article, Sandy with all the pics. I do love to see those hawks glide. I get a little worried though whenever I see a hoard of vultures flying….I’m getting older, you know, and hope they don’t know something I don’t—-ha!

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I wonder the same thing when “Turkey Vultures’ fly in packs in my area too. Lol.

  3. Rex Trulove

    We have lots of hawks and eagles around here, though they are usually after their natural prey, which is also populous. We have more ospreys than anything (and they eat fish), but we do have a few red tailed hawks, marsh hawks, bald eagles and golden eagles. The eagles and hawks tend to stay away from town, though. There are four nesting pairs of ospreys around town and though they eat fish, they do not tolerate the presence of hawks or eagles. It is astonishing to watch a pair taking on and chasing a bald eagle, which is much larger. It is understandable, too, because bald eagles will eat osprey eggs and chicks if they get the chance.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Hawks will come on the outer edges of town to catch their prey or out in the country. When I lived in the country in a trailer court, I had to be with my dogs outside. As the hawks would circle and come really close to the tan and white ones.

  4. Pat Z Anthony

    It is really frightening to think about what can happen. We have coyotes and owls to consider here and always have to be aware of what is happening.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Yes, one must be aware of the surroundings no matter where one lives.

  5. Kyla Matton Osborne

    They are such gorgeous creatures, both in the air and while they are sitting still. But it’s good to be aware that hawks and other birds of prey are just that: hunters. We should respect that this is how they survive, and watch our pets when they could be around.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I love watching them from afar. Too many times people get caught up in the birds beauty and forget why the bird is there in the first place.

  6. Andria Perry

    LOVE this article!

    I had never thought about the birds attacking a kitten or small dog.

    I have seen them dive bomb down and get baby rabbits and rats from the sides of the road while driving.

    We have a huge amount of Hawks around here.

    I stumbled this article

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Oh yes, they will get kittens and small dogs if they are available. Hawks are like any other animal and will go for a quick meal of kitten or dog if it can.

      I remember when I was a kid growing up on the farm. We always had a cat or two that had kittens. Of course all of siblings had one picked out as our own.

      One day the kittens didn’t seem to be all there. Several days later we found one laying in the near field with its insides ripped out. As we watched in horror as a hawk was flying off with another one of the kittens.

      I have never forgot that day. My siblings and I learned a hard lesson when it came to hungry wildlife.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Yes, hawks will pick up small pets. To them it is an easy meal.

  7. Barbara Radisavljevic

    Almost all of our neighbor’s outside cats have disappeared, but I think most of them were over 12 pounds. I never weighed them. I thought the hawks and owls only took the kittens. I’ve always blamed the coyotes, especially since I heard them so often at night close to our houses.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Coyotes are another predator that will go after small dogs and cats as a meal.

      I remember living in an area, where the forests were being torn down to make way for land develop. Humans were approaching on the coyote’s territory. Coyotes were seen getting braver as their food source was getting smaller due to the land development. The coyotes would snatch little dogs as they were being walked.

      The news told pet owners to carry a big stick, cane, golf club or other item to wave at the coyotes coming near. Also to use to defend your pet or yourself if one would attack.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Chickens are great an alerting to dangers. Such as predators.

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