Those red tail are ruthless..Seen'um in action a few times while sitting up in a tree....
Back around 1989 or 1990 when I first started bow-hunting, my Uncle Dave actually had a red-tail land on his bow while he was holding it on his lap up in a treestand. One of the coolest stories ever. I can't even retell it because I just couldn't do it justice. Totally insane!
I've had small birds land on me and squirrels and chipmunks run on and under me, but I usually freak out when anything larger than a chickadee starts flying at me. I've had larger birds ALMOST land on me...until they see me spazz out like a mental patient. lol I'm not letting a frigging hawk land on me.
I've seen hawks grab squirrels before too. It is extremely neat. They actually seem to miss a lot too though.
Maybe a month ago, I saw a huge owl fly out of my treestand tree when I was walking in. Not sure what kind, it was pretty white/grey colored and I thought it had a roundish head/face, but it happened fast. All I know was it was a huge owl. Very cool....If I could have snapped a pic of that it was gorgeous with the snow covered cedar trees in the back ground and the almost snow colored owl.
Before I started using electronic calls for predators and would blow mouth calls, I had a fair share of big owls buzz me like bomber planes. Always scared the hell out of me. lol Not that I'm afraid of birds, but I'm afraid of their sharp feet and the speed they are flying at me with. lol
“I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow.” – Fred Bear