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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Description:

Large sized hawk. Varied morph colors and shades of plumage depending on sub-species type and breeding pairs colors. Light to dark shades,reddish,cream and browns. Brown shoulders,back. Generally lighter shades and patterns in undersides.

Habitat:

Evergreens,tall trees,low shrubs,grasses and open field areas.

Notes:

This precious,curious Red tailed Hawk appeared to be a juvenile. In the previous year a Hawk had fallen from the top portion of the same tall evergreen tree this hawk was sitting in. The previous fallen hawk made a small flight to a lower part of tree in the same stand of tall evergreens. Slowly it was making towards the tree heights. A few later checks did not reveal a hawk or hawk in distress. I believe there is a hawk nest high and hidden in this tall evergreen tree. This year I was fortunate to share curious glances with this hawk pictured. Note to self...never leave the camera for coffee. This was a quick,panic picture grab with a handy camera I had never used before. The hawk was peeking out at me from a large evergreen bough. Perched,cute as can be.

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Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 20, 2013
Submitted on Jun 14, 2013

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