Red-tailed Hawk

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis)

Background:

The red-tailed hawk is a year-round resident and can be seen soaring high over fields, looking for lunch at your bird feeder, or perched on a stream-side tree eyeing an injured duck. It is our most commonly seen hawk.

Identification:

The adults of this large hawk have bright rusty-red tail feathers and white underparts. They have brown backs and streaked breasts, though colours and patterns can be highly variable. Their broad wings are common to all the related “buteos”, including rough-legged and broad-winged hawks. They are easy hawks to identify, since they soar high in the open, have a distinct tail colour, and frequently call with a loud, high scream.

 

Conservation:

Hawks often have a bad reputation in farming communities. While they are indeed predators, they eat a great deal of rodents and today they are more commonly recognized as birds that benefit agriculture. Red-tailed hawks generally nest in the tops of large trees with forks, such as yellow birch or red maple, so it is critical that we keep some trees around for this reason alone. The preferred nesting is a large block of uncut hardwood or mixed-wood forests. If you do find a nest, which is a large structure made up of sticks and lined with bark and greenery, please make sure to leave it undisturbed during the nesting season, which can run from March to mid-June. The nests are often reused, either by the red-tail or by other hawks or great horned owls.

Upcoming Events

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10:00 am Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Creating and Maintaining Hedgerows and Windbreaks @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Join us for a workshop on creating diverse, beautiful and functional hedgerows and windbreaks using a variety of native plants. The workshop starts at 10am at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre. This is just one
Jun
3
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10:00 am Plants of Prince Edward Island
Plants of Prince Edward Island
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Plants of Prince Edward Island @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
In celebration of Island flora, biologist Kate MacQuarrie will be sharing her love of plants at Macphail Woods on Saturday, June 3. Kate will walk the nature trails of the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in
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2:00 pm Nature-friendly Forest Managemen...
Nature-friendly Forest Managemen...
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Nature-friendly Forest Management with Bob Bancroft @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Come on out to the Macphail Woods Nature Centre on Sunday, June 11th at 2pm for a great walk and talk with Bob Bancroft. Bob will draw on over 40 years of experience looking after