Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Red-shouldered Hawk in Ramona

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk. Ramona, California. December 25, 2014. Greg Gillson.
Red-shouldered Hawks are probably the most-common hawk in residential shade trees, riparian woodlands, and agricultural edges of California. At least, they are not any less common than Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels, though not as widespread into open areas and grasslands. They are a bit more tolerant of people than many other raptors.

I found this handsome adult in Collier County Park in Ramona. The breast and belly is finely barred with rusty orange; the back and wing coverts are strikingly barred black and white.

Red-shouldered Hawk