Monday, 14 January 2013

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
with prey

    A few days ago my wife and I were driving around the side roads of Wellesley Township and came across this Red-tailed Hawk consuming a rodent. Just a short time later we also saw an American Kestrel Falco sparverius tearing into a rodent on a fence post. Given the large numbers of wintering raptors in the area, including a substantial population of Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus, and a few Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius, it appears that the biomass of rodent prey is high this year.

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