Saturday, March 25, 2017

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawks are considered to be uncommon and local raptors in Minnesota (Ekert). I have seen only a few of them over the past decade. Erika and I found this one actively hunting along the west shore of the Canby Pond along Circle Lake in Rice County. The hawk briefly perched in some small trees before working its way low along the lakeshore.

This bird’s field marks are strikingly evident in the bottom photo. Note the evenly barred, black and white tail. The left wing clearly shows a white crescent towards the tip and reddish-brown shoulders. The right wing is clearly russet underneath, as is the breast.

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