Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 3:00 am
North Platte is dealing with a real-life version of Angry Birds.
A pair of broad-winged hawks has set up residence at 2615 Birchwood Road, causing quite the stir.
“Basically, they have been dive-bombing the landowner and anyone else who gets too close to their tree,” said T.J. Walker, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist. “The property owner called to ask what should be done, and the unfortunate answer is nothing, except wait for them to get done raising their young.”
The hawks have built a nest in a tree in the front yard and have at least two babies inside it. When Game and Parks officials went to investigate, they got buzzed by the birds too.
“It’s kind of an oddball occurrence,” Walker said. “Aside from North Platte, the only places we have documented broad-winged hawks nesting in Nebraska is in the southeast portion of the state. They like areas along the Missouri River and south of the Platte.”