Red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk

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The field guide at notes that a Red-shouldered Hawk is a “hawk of the woodlands, often heard before it is seen. The clear whistled calls of this hawk are conspicuous, especially in spring; in the east, blue jays often give a near-perfect imitation of this call. Over much of eastern North America the Red-shoulder has become uncommon, sticking closely to the remaining forests. Populations in Florida and California are often more visible, perhaps adapting better to open habitats.” As noted as often heard first, the hawk’s most common call is a rising whistle or scream that sounds like kee-ahh or kee-yeeeear. Keys to identifying this particular member of the hawk and eagle family, Buteo lineatu, were mentioned as having a medium-sized, with broad, rounded wings and medium-length tails that they fan out when soaring. In flight, they often glide or soar with their wingtips pushed slightly forward, imparting a distinctive, “reaching” posture. This hawk was photographed by the far west end of Mound Road, near the connection to West Morton Avenue.

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Kyla Hurt is a capable boondoggler trained in the arts; she’s also an accomplished event coordinator with experience from museum fundraising to art festivals. She enjoys puppies, sunshine, and good radishes – and wit. Wit is good, too.

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