About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Photo Share: Red-tailed Hawk (I think)

Hi Sarah, As promised, I am sending you some pictures I took 3 weeks ago. This bird was magnificent!!! - Marie-Eve

Many people are used to seeing Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks at their backyard bird feeders but a Red-tailed Hawk is a little more unusual. Mammals make up the bulk of most Red-tailed Hawk meals. They hunt from perches then they descend swiftly, to snatch a squirrel, rabbit, vole or chipmunk off the ground.

Immature red-tailed hawks look similar to adults, but immatures have yellowish-gray eyes that become dark brown as adults. Red-tailed hawks usually begin breeding when they are three years old. They are monogamous, and mate with the same individual for many years. In fact, red-tailed hawks usually only change mates when their original mate dies.

Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous photos!  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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