Red-tailed art lover

Red-tailed hawk surveys his domain

This red-tailed hawk seemed to be concentrating on something as I walked past this afternoon. A companion? Some potential prey? Another top predator, perhaps?

Red-tailed art lover

Ah, he was just admiring some artwork featuring three of his distant cousins.

This is the second time now that I’ve seen a red-tailed hawk in a rather incongruous context. Last year’s sighting involved a hawk, probably a fledgling, that had no interest in flying on an exceedingly hot day while another watched from a nearby tree. This one was doing a mighty fine impression of a raven. I always see hawks circling in the sky or sitting inconspicuously in trees, but sightings out in the open at ground level like this seem to be pretty rare.

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