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Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

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Imagine my surprise when a juvenile red-tailed hawk standing in a nearby field allowed me to approach ever so slowly within inches of it. Tracks in the snow told the story of its diving from the sky and successfully killing and eating a resident vole.  For unknown reasons, it remained near the kill site for at least an hour, offering me an unusual photographic opportunity. Its wings and legs were functioning just fine as it walked and hopped/rowed with its wings occasionally in six inches of snow, so it did not appear injured in any way. Having watched red-tails raising two young  this summer only a couple of miles away, I wondered if this juvenile was one of those fluffy, white nestlings that successfully fledged.


6 responses

  1. What a perky, bright eye!

    November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  2. Carlene Squires

    Very majestic and beautiful.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  3. Joyce Grant

    Congratulations on your National Outdoor Book Award for Naturally Curious!

    November 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  4. Lynne Fitzhugh

    Mary, I love your blog. This entry has revived my curiosity about a family of hawks I watched growing up in the woods beside my house in Fairlee VT, and which I have never been able to identify definitively. The closest I came, thanks to their calls, is Red-Shouldered, but this would be the northern extreme of their range. One of the three juveniles flew into my house one night. v sad. Heard the crash ca. 10 PM and found the body next morning. Took pictures. May I send them to you? If so, how? I’m sure you could id it. Thanks! –Lynne

    November 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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