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Red-Shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus


So I was 50 feet up at tree trying to get pictures of the Red-Shouldered Hawk nest in the adjacent tree. I saw one of the brooding pair fly up into the top of the tree, assuming it landed in the nest; there's a giant butress in my way so I can't see. I heard their calls extremely loudly, thinking it's still in the tree next to me. I notice something and look up my tree and there she was right above me about 15 feet up. I say "she" because you can actually see the split in her bottom feathers where her brooding patch has formed. And I don''t think she has laid eggs yet because both of the RSHW's are still hunting very actively. Usually the female lays on the eggs while the male brings food constantly to keep her happy. She noticed me but didn't seem to mind me. However, the tree I was in also belongs to a brooding pair of ravens. They got annoyed with her calling and took off after her in a fast chase though the trees. It was epic.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Yes it was haha :) thank you Stephen.

StephenSolomons 7 years ago

Worth the effort Joshua! Thanks for telling us about it

Josh Asel
Spotted by
Josh Asel

Sebastopol, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013

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