Red-shouldered Hawk

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Yesterday morning, my husband shouted, "You want to see something pretty? Come and look!" He was in the kitchen, looking out the window.

I looked, but didn't see anything unusual. Sitting in the pecan tree was a Red-shouldered Hawk. His back was to me and he blended in so well with the tree that I did not see him until he was pointed out to me.

Looking through the binoculars, I thought his back was his front because his head was turned all the way round.

Searching for a good meal, he hung around for about an hour giving me time to take pictures.

The average length of the Red-shouldered Hawk is 19 inches with a wing span of 40 inches and weight 1.5 pounds. They take a variety of prey including, small mammals, snakes, and frogs. "An Audubon Handbook Eastern Birds"

Location: North Carolina

December 17, 20160 found this helpful


I live pretty close to you but I don't think I've ever seen this bird. Maybe I just need to be more observant. He is one handsome fella. Thanks for the pictures.


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December 17, 20160 found this helpful

I live in Florida and I believe one of these has become a permanent "resident" of our area.

I have a very large bird house in my front yard where he spends a lot of time - just sitting on top and looking around. I can see him up close and he is gorgeous! I have never seen him "catch" one of my birds but they do stay away when he is visiting.

Thanks for posting such nice pictures.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

These are great pictures. I love bird watching and it's very rare that you can see a hawk this close up.

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