On 28 October I head a cacophony of jays and nuthatches in the backyard. Erika spied a Red-tailed Hawk quietly perched in our woods. We knew the species’ identity even before we saw the red tail. Note the streaks across its lower breast.
Red-tails generally prefer more open areas, but we have noted this raptor in our woods on a number of occasions. This hawk is common and its populations are increasing. The species survives in urban disturbed settings if prey and perch sites are available (Preston and Beane 2009).