Red-tailed hawks are one of America’s most common birds of prey; thriving in & around our extensive park system. They are usually monogamous & can display dramatic free-falling courtship rituals.
Living in the middle of an old open pasture, we have abundant birds of prey. It is much easier to spot and identify the bird feeder birds, but sometimes you get to see the bigger birds in action. We watched a rather large Red-tailed hawk stalk, catch, and devour a delicious morsel from the front hay field (a vole, i think). The hawk perched and watched from a fence post, hopped, flapped once or twice, then returned to the fence post to dine. He was still too far away for any decent photos, but we watched him through my Christmas present (and I do have a picture of that). Our hawk looked very much like the first photo in the link to Cornell’s bird site.
This was a totally unexpected gift
from DH this past Christmas
and totally awesome
and totally thoughtful
and totally used a lot!