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Attack hawk's return

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

For a second consecutive spring, a female red-tailed hawk is making its nest in a tree on the Root family’s yard.

In May 2012, the raptor swooped down and scratched then-6-year-old Neil Root as he pulled strawberries for his mother.

The attack left the boy scared for the rest of the summer. Neil avoided certain areas in the yard when the hawk was near.

In the fall, the family had the nest removed.

Neil, now 7, said he isn’t nervous about the hawk’s return.

“Hooray, she’s back again,” he said.

Neil’s mother, Angela Root, said she first noticed the hawk’s return when the bird chased crows away from its nest.

Last year’s incident caused the family to remain alert when they went outdoors.

“I’m OK with her here as long as we’re able to maintain a peaceful co-existence,” Angela said.

Karen Cleveland, a bird biologist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said it’s relatively common for hawks to return to a successful nesting location.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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