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This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Photo Share: Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawks eat mostly small mammals, lizards, snakes, and amphibians. They hunt from perches, sitting silently until they sight their prey below. Then they descend swiftly, gliding and snatching a vole or chipmunk off the forest floor. They also eat toads, snakes, and crayfish. They occasionally eat birds, sometimes from bird feeders; recorded prey include sparrows, starlings, and doves.

Their most common call is a plaintive, rising whistle that sounds like kee-ahh. The call tends to be repeated 5–12 times, with each note lasting about half a second. Hawks use it to claim their territory and when alarmed.

Thank you Jay for sharing your photo! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com with a description and permission to post it on the Friday Photo.  

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