A young red-tailed hawk sits on an apartment balcony in Chilliwack on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

A young red-tailed hawk sits on an apartment balcony in Chilliwack on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Hawk perches on Chilliwack balcony in bitterly cold weather

Snowy conditions make it hard for hawks to find food, says bird expert

A raptor was seen perched on the top floor balcony of a four-storey apartment building in Chilliwack on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

The young red-tailed hawk stood for hours on the railing of one of the units at the corner of Birch Street and Alexander Avenue.

These bitterly cold conditions are making it tough for the hawks to find food as rodents hide under the snow, said local bird expert Gord Gadsden.

“Seeing them on a deck in these conditions is more common than usual,” he said.

Temperatures were about -13 C when the hawk was out that day on Dec. 28. According to Environment Canada, it’s supposed to be -9 C on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and -5 C on Dec. 30 and 31.


 

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