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Red-shoulder Fly-by II | by splinx1
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Red-shoulder Fly-by II

In California, the Red-shouldered Hawk appears to be doing well. I attribute the hawk's success there to the (non-native) groves of eucalyptus trees, where these birds are commonly found, especially around water. Elsewhere in the country, the birds are found primarily east of the Mississippi River, although their range extends well into Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.


Where the bigger, older trees are cut, these birds will not do well, and their fate east of the Big River remains uncertain.


Along the California coast, these hawks are commonly seen out in the open, often perched on a utility pole. Eastern birds are much more secretive.


Red-shouldered Hawks soar, but not as frequently as the Red-tailed Hawks, with which the Red-shoulders often squabble. Being generally lighter and smaller, the Red-shoulder can soar in tighter circles than its bigger rival, and ascend much more quickly to gain the altitude advantage and the attacker's position.

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Taken on July 21, 2011