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Red-tailed Hawk Winter Population in New England

Red-tailed Hawks are “partial migrants” – some are migratory and some are not.  Most Red-tails living and breeding in the northern portion of the species’ range (southern Canada and northern United States) migrate to more southerly locations for the winter and are absent for three to five months.  However, some are year-round residents, remaining near their breeding territories even in severe winters with extensive snow cover. In northern New England the Red-tailed Hawk winter population consists of breeding birds that don’t migrate as well as Canadian birds that migrate south for the winter months. (Photo: juvenile Red-tailed Hawk)

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4 responses

  1. Alice

    Awesome photo! We had an adult about 20′ from the house last week, about 9′ up, got a good look at it’s orangy chest.

    December 13, 2021 at 8:26 am

  2. I always see redtails along the highway, sitting high up in trees, watching. I imagine they are waiting for prey to scurry through the mown verges. In the winter their silhouettes are so vivid among the branches, against the sky. And I am fortunate this year to have a resident redtail in my vicinity – just saw it this morning from my bedroom window as I got up. Magnificent.

    December 13, 2021 at 8:32 am

  3. Peter

    Spotting dead Red-Tailed Hawks along interstate highways should be an important reminder not to throw out food for rodents to eat. Close proximity to highways puts the hawks at peril as they go airborne.

    December 13, 2021 at 8:56 am

    • Alice

      That’s horrible…some people need to think!

      December 13, 2021 at 11:06 am

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