Red-tailed Hawks

A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk and one or two mature Red-tailed Hawks sit on top of utility poles overlooking the old field and Highway 441 almost every morning lately. They’ve been there regularly for about the last three weeks, usually sitting on separate poles or sometimes in nearby trees, the juvenile often giving its high, hoarse scream. As the day warms up, they leave their perches, circle up and soar, and the young one continues to call.

This morning one of the adults perched on a pole as usual, its breast looking silvery-white in the bright sunlight, with the streaks of a broken-brown bar across the breast and brown, hooded head. The juvenile sat on a wire right beside it, a darker, more mottled brown and white.

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