Red-tailed Hawks at High Park: February 8, 2022

The Latin name for a Red-tailed Hawk is Buteo jamaicensis which tells us that the species has a large range. They are found in much of Mexico, most of the Caribbean and most of North America except for the far north. Here is a list of their diet from the Cornell Lab. website:

Mammals make up the bulk of most Red-tailed Hawk meals. Frequent victims include voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds, including pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds; as well as snakes and carrion. Individual prey items can weigh anywhere from less than an ounce to more than 5 pounds.

We found several this morning in High Park.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Other birds:

American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee
Mallard (male)
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Mallards
Mallard (male) and hybrid
Mallard (female)
Mallard hybrid
Mallard (male)

Park scenes:

Some botany:

Willow Crown Galls
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Willow Crown Galls

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

Hi Miles

You may know about this but it looks interesting 😊

New From Knowable (sg-mktg.com)

NATURE POETRY

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.                – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Miles Hearn

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