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This smallish hawk was perched on an agave efflorescence near my bird feeder perhaps looking for its next meal.
Whether wheeling over a swamp forest or whistling plaintively from a riverine park, a Red-shouldered Hawk is typically a sign of tall woods and water. It’s one of our most distinctively marked common hawks, with barred reddish-peachy underparts and a strongly banded tail. In flight, translucent crescents near the wingtips help to identify the species at a distance. These forest hawks hunt prey ranging from mice to frogs and snakes. (allaboutbirds.org)
Interestingly, we have red-shoulders in the city, which may speak to the maturity of the "urban forest" here.
Spotted on Dec 6, 2013
Submitted on Dec 22, 2013
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