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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Description:

The RTH with the yellow eyes ("Jasper") and white throat showed up again in my hawking spot! Once again, it was only a few (20 +/-) feet from the last place I saw it. Not far away, there was another (much larger) hawk out and about within eyesight that I think is his "girlfriend." (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/243...)

Habitat:

Spotted on utility pole near an uncultivated area next to a mining operation in Kennesaw, GA

Notes:

Previous spottings: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/230... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/206...

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3 Comments

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

Thanks! Do adults tolerate last year's juveniles hanging around the territory? I'm thinking the "girlfriend" as I thought is probably more likely to be "Mom"?

Liam
Liam 5 years ago

You got it - Eastern subspecies (B.j. borealis), juvenile.

The belly band is a dead ringer for Red-tailed, B.j. borealis is pretty much the only subspecies we have here in Georgia. Juveniles have light eyes and drab, banded tails; adults (like the bird in your other spotting) have dark eyes.

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

Hi, raptor experts! I would love some additional guidance here: would you say this is a light morph adult or a juvenile (or both!) and why?

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.02, Long: -84.58

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 20, 2013

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