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For nearly 30 years Leonard and I have observed the red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) in Big Valley (Modoc County CA). Not long ago as we were counting red tails along the road, I commented that the number of melanistic red-tailed … Continue reading

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Stunned Red-tailed Hawk

Recently along Cassel Road (Shasta County CA) Leonard and I noticed a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) lying along the shoulder. The hawk was alive, but appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. We drove down the road, turned around … Continue reading

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Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk

Perched juvenile hawks, at least for me, can be difficult to distinguish. I often use the underwing pattern of a bird in flight to help with identification. However, often the hawk does not fly off, and I will not disturb … Continue reading

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Hunting Hawk

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After following the great blue heron (Ardea herodias) rookeries near Baum Lake (Shasta County CA) over several seasons, I noticed consistent behavioral patterns from year to year. The great blue herons are very noisy and active as they pair up, … Continue reading

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Food Fight

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In a post last week I noted that red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) were mantling over some carrion in one of our pastures (Modoc County CA). Since temperatures the last month have been below freezing and there is a hard crust … Continue reading

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Birds of prey will often spread their wings, fan their tails and hunch or arch their shoulders over a recent kill, particularly while feeding on the ground, particularly in open areas where there is less natural cover for concealment. This … Continue reading

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More Unexpected Behavior

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When temperatures are bitter and the ground is covered in deep, crusty snow, life is difficult for all fauna – including Leonard and me. Thankfully we have a warm house and are more inconvenienced by the weather. Unfortunately other mammals … Continue reading

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