Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Birds-in-Flight: Red-Shouldered Hawk Perched on Habitat Feeder

The red-shouldered hawk can be observed in Colvin Run Habitat about once every 6 to 8 weeks. When observed, the red-shouldered hawks are in flight overhead or perched in one of the trees on the perimter of the one acre backyard habitat.
But two days ago, a mature male red-tailed shouldered hawk perched right on top of the sunflower seed feeder. He stayed less than a minute, then flew at about 5 feet off the ground and then perched in one of the perimter maple trees.
As soon as his mate called out, he was off to the top of white pine trees, calling out to her as he went.
Fifty weeks ago, a mating pair of red-souldered hawks was observed in the Habitat. At that time, an immature female was the one on the ground in the Habitat. Could today's hawk be the male from that pair? As red-shouldered hawks ofter return year after year to the same spot, I am betting that this is the same pair.

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