Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Red Tailed Hawk

As I was driving to last week I noticed a hawk sitting on a fence on the side of the road. This was pretty unusual. They normally sit up high on power lines or tree tops so they can watch for their prey.
I am not proficient at identifying birds. I posted a photo on Facebook on Arkansas Birders and requested help with the ID. A birder friend said it was a Red Tailed Hawk.
I did realize that the bird appeared to be injured. The wings seem to be help at an awkward angle. You can only see one talon. I sent a message to Arkansas Game and Fish Animal Rescue. I did not receive a response. I drove by the area again after work and the hawk was gone. I did not see it on the ground around the fence.
I hope maybe it recovered and flew back to it's nest or it's perch. I will be keeping a look out for the next few days.

Facts about Red Tailed Hawk:

Can spot a mouse from 100 feet.
Eats mostly small mammals, also birds and reptiles

Weighs: 36 lbs
Length:  19-25 in
Color: Brown 
Wingspan:46-58 in

It was pretty impressive to see the hawk up close!

1 comment:

Amber said...

Wow what a neat picture! Hope it was alright! Glad you are making so much progress on your knee...it's nice to be able to enjoy life and all the grand kids!