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Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis sitting on the power line with a rodent in its claws

The past Sunday morning, we toured Rhode Island, starting off at Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge. ,

At the Ocean Drive Historic District, in Gooseneck Cove, numerous Canada geese were resting and swimming. More about that in the next blog.

As we are driving back toward Massachusetts, I noticed a street sign. The sign stated that the road was Green End Ave. in the past, they were fields on the street, where besides Canada geese, we would find snow geese and other rarer species. Continuing down the road, my son noticed a Hawk sitting on the wires. Luckily, the bird was located opposite Moore Blooms, which allowed us the pool off the road and park. After getting closer looks at the hawk, we identified it as a Red-tailed Hawk. The hawk was very calm but kept a close eye on us. We will able to photograph from both sides. The hawk had something in its talons, which on the computer was identified as a rodent. This had to be a young hawk since he really didn’t seem to be bothered by us spending the time photographing him/her.

Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis sitting on the power line with a rodent in its claws
Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis sitting on the power line with a rodent in its claws
Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis sitting on the power line with a rodent in its claws
Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis sitting on the power line with a rodent in its claws

Typically, when we find red-tailed hawks at the side of the road, even pulling up slowly, they get nervous and flyaway. The only thing that would have been better if it was perched on a more natural object.

In two of my images, I added skies for more effect.

We finished the morning at Colt State Park, where there was a massive flock of Atlantic Brants. These will also be included in the next blog.