January 27, 2015

Looking for supper

We found this red-shouldered hawk sitting on a fence post near Sarasota Florida.
It was intent on something in the ditch.

Buteo lineatus

Red-shouldered Hawks return to the same nesting territory year after year. One Red-shouldered Hawk occupied a territory in southern California for 16 consecutive years.

The oldest-known Red-shouldered hawk was at least 22 years, 5 months old. It was banded in Florida in 1989, and found dead in Florida in 2009, the victim of an attack by another raptor.

source Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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