Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis
Red-tailed hawk s have a dark belly band/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The Red-tailed hawk is a common permanent resident in the Refuge and the surrounding area. It can usually be spotted sitting on power lines or other high, clear vantage points in a tree. It is usually present at the Leadbetter section of the Refuge, on Long Island, in the Ilwaco Harbour in the grassy area along the road to the boat launch, and on Route 101. Red-tails prefer roadsides, open country and woodland edges. Its nest is typically a stick nest in a tree anywhere from 13-69 feet high.  When flying a Red-tail travels between 20 and 40 miles per hour, but when it dives it may exceed 120 miles per hour.  The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of prey that prefers small mammals.  It also eats reptiles and birds.

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Facts About Red-tailed Hawk

Red tail

Can spot a mouse from 100 feet

Its raspy scream is used in movies to represent eagles and other hawks