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Red Shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus


A mated pair of red shouldered hawks have nested behind my home in the same tree for two years. One of them flew out of the tree after a rodent in my yard - in these shots he or she is scoping out the dinner menu.


The East coast, deciduous woodlands. I've noticed they nest on the edge of the forest, not in the middle.


Red shouldered hawks are the most vocal of all buteos. Females are larger than males. They court in the spring and are most vocal then, however I have the blessing of seeing them year round. I witnessed them mating near the tree that they nest in. What is very interesting is they use their nesting tree only for their young - they will eat and "hang out" in a tree beside their nesting tree.

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Oct 11, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2013

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