Female Red-tailed Hawk


We’ve had a huge red-tailed hawk hanging around the neighborhood this week. I assume it is a female, because female raptors are bigger than males. And she was big.

And I knew she was a red-tailed hawk (Red-Tailed Hawk), even without seeing her tail, because 1) she was big, 2) she had a stocky body with a short tail, which meant that she was an open country “buteo” hawk, as opposed to an “accipitor” that hunts in the trees. 3) she had a “belly band” of rust colored feathers across her tummy, with a white patch above. (For more about identifying a red-tailed hawk https://amylaw.blog/2020/04/25/hawk-conflict/)

She really didn’t like me photographing her. There was another group standing a few feet away, and I never got a photo of her looking at them at all. But she glared at me — a lot.

In between glares, she was kinda fidgety. She stretched…

…scratched …

… and turned around. Did I mention that she was a red-tailed? She had the reddest tail I’ve ever seen on a red-tailed hawk.

It was a beautiful day yesterday — clear skies and 60os. It was the warm day before the storm. (For more on weather whiplash https://amylaw.blog/2020/09/09/snow-in-september/)

We’re down in the high 20s today, with six inches of snow. Not complaining, we need the moisture!

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