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

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will