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Red-Tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Habitat:

I live in the suburbs of Portland, Maine, and this hawk came down into my backyard to snatch a squirrel off of my fence! Does anyone know if this is a male or female? I'm not sure how to tell.

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6 Comments

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Wonderful series Leah, welcome to PN!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, Leah Twitchell,
I hope you like the site as much we do; there are many features you can explore:
I invite you to go to http://www.projectnoah.org/faq where you will find the purpose and “rules” of Project Noah.
There is a blog http://blog.projectnoah.org/ where we post articles from spotters with special insight into different organisms.
Look at the global and local missions to put your spottings into:http://www.projectnoah.org/missions
Enjoy yourself here, see you around!

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 8 years ago

epic series!

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

That is awesome! Many animals thrive off of humans, squirrels being one of them. Then these guys can thrive off of the abundance of squirrels :)

As far as telling sex, you mostly do it off of size. I can tell you this is an immature though, you can tell by the banded tail and the light irises. Females are quite a bit larger than males, but it can be hard to tell unless you have them sitting next to each other!

Leah Twitchell
Leah Twitchell 8 years ago

Thanks, Ashley, I just added a description. It was in my backyard. So amazing to see this bird up close, especially living so close to downtown Portland.

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

Awesome series! Was this in your backyard? You can fill out a sentence or two in the habitat section, that would be really helpful :) It's great to see a youngster successfully hunting!

Leah Twitchell
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Leah Twitchell

Portland, Maine, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2015
Submitted on Jun 7, 2015

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