The Travels of Tug 44

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Lineatus Subspecies

Late November 2018, we were on a main road in Fort Edward near the hay fields and spotted what I thought was one of the usual hawks, but as I got closer the colors seemed a bit bright. It turned out to be this absolutely lovely adult Red-Shouldered Hawk. This is the only one I have ever seen, it was rather exciting! They are around here all summer, but they are seldom seen as they tend to be deep in the woods.   high-res

Red-Shouldered Hawks are roughly the size of the Red-Tails but they are much brighter. The back and wings are darker, almost black and checkered with white spots. The chest and belly of the adults is covered with reddish bars (horizontal stripes).   high-res

The Hawk spotted a tasty rodent directly below her perch and dropped right onto it and had lunch. There seems to have been a slight struggle as the Hawk steadies herself with her wings spread.   high-res

The following day, this Red-Shouldered Hawk spotted a nice Vole on someone's porch from a distance of 75 yards, and she flew right over my car and nailed the rodent. Here, she has brought the Vole into a neaby tree for lunch.   high-res

A typical hunting pose for most Hawks, and with "eyes like a Hawk" they can spot prey at a considerable distance as they conserve energy.   high-res

More struggling with prey directly below her favorite hunting perch.   high-res

Red-Shouldered Hawks breed in Fort Edward and as far north as the Canadian border but in winter they migrate to more southern states. I probably caught this one on her way south.   high-res

The Red-Shouldered Hawk, the most beautiful of the larger Hawks.

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