May: Red-Shouldered Hawk

May 3, 2016 by

Another of the most common hawks in Connecticut, these are often located by their call. As they fly high they repeat their loud kee-year cry. The young are noisy begging for food around the nest site, too.

Red shouldered hawks hunt from perches such as low branches and fences, and from flight, in moist wooded areas.

They hunt small mammals, snakes and frogs.

To identify a sitting red shouldered hawk, look for the buffy chest and belly. When flying, they display pale crescents in their wingtips.

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