A Red-shouldered Hawk perched in one of the large Oak Trees here at the little farm yesterday afternoon. We had just had a thunderstorm roll-through our neighborhood here, and once it stopped raining, I decided to go outside and take some pictures. i was out on the shore of the pond when I looked up and saw to my amazement, a very large brown bird way up in one of the oaks. I saw that it was a hawk. Due to the presence of the predator here, the bird song was temporarily silenced. There is a lot of potential food for the meat-eating bird here, both on the land, and in the water.
Red-shouldered Hawks live here in TN all year around. They are fabulously quick powerful fliers. I so enjoy having the chance to see birds of prey up close. This hawk has a reddish-brown back, buff with brown streaked chest and banded brown and white wing feathers. It has sharp eyes and a powerful bill. I took these pictures in my yard on March 16, 2012. Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! P.S. Thanks to a wonderful blog reader, I have now corrected the identification of this bird. It is a Red-shouldered Hawk and not a Red-tailed Hawk. Correction made by Wildlifewatcher on 3/17/12 at 2:47pm Central.