Red-Tailed Hawk

Setting: city, close to downtown. A large park three blocks away, rail depot beyond it, and the St. Lawrence River past that (more or less a kilometre from the house).

Saturday afternoon, April 1st, around 5p.m. this fellow shows up on my fence:

We get the usual robins, blue jays, finches, sparrows, chickadees; a hummingbird comes by a few times near the end of summer. Woodpeckers are also around.

Peregrine falcons hunt squirrels in the park a few blocks away.

But I’m pretty sure my visitor is a juvenile red-tailed hawk. This was a first for me.

From what I’ve been able to research, the colors are too pale for a peregrine.

I know these are not the clearest photos. They were taken with my phone, through a window.

A week later he was back. He caught a pigeon for breakfast.

I guess supper is easier to find in the city.

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