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Wineburgh-Lillienfield Family Unknown (70)

A hawk is now a resident bird of prey in my neighborhood here in Florida.  This bird has plenty to eat with lizards, larger insects, small song birds, and rodents-a-plenty all living in the neighborhood.  I have occasionally seen the hawk perched in a Pine tree across the street that is next to the rainfall basin.  This perch is a good spot to view the basin and many yards.

I live in an established neighborhood of row house condo’s with medium-sized front yards and small shared lawns in back of each building.  There are many large trees on the streets as well.  A nice spot for the hawk to live.  I took these pictures on June 23, 2013 from my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  P.P.S.  Yes, the majority of comments here have indicated that this bird is a Red-shouldered Hawk.  Thanks to all who have helped – I have edited and the title is fixed.  Wildlifewatcher.

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Comments on: "The Resident Red-shouldered Hawk" (9)

  1. are you sure he’s not a red-shouldered hawk? he’s beautiful.

    • Hi Theresa, I am wondering about that myself. Hard for me to tell. Maybe a birder can help I.D. this bird? I will welcome input. Thanks. Have a super day!

  2. He is very imposing and looks like a bird not to be fooled with! I love the snap you got f his wings open, that is perfect. Do you know why the name? I didn’t even think birds had shins!

  3. I would agree with a Red-shouldered. This does not have the dark crown of a Sharp-shinned. The tail stripes on your bird are black and white and opposed to a Sharpie’s gray and black stripes.

    To answer the above comment: I am not certain, but I think Sharp-shinned hawks are called this because they are “leggy” compared to its nearly identical cousin, the Cooper’s hawk. We say the Sharpie has no pants. 🙂 They don’t have the patch of feathers covering the upper portion of their legs.

    I am glad you get to see this bird, it has been quite awhile for us. These are very nice photos. Other than our nesting Kestrels, there’s not been too many raptors around home.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, You are quite helpful and I so appreciate your assistance. I do want to be accurate. Hawks are tricky for me so I think I will work harder at correctly identifying these birds before I post. I am still learning. Thanks again. Have a super weekend!

  4. I am with Tex on this hawk, it looks like a Red Shouldered! Great sighting, it is good if takes care of the neighborhood rodents. Great photos.

    • Hi Eileen, Majority is correct and I really am glad to have such nice help on figuring out which hawk this is. Thanks a lot! I appreciate your kindness! Have a fine weekend!

  5. Pretty cool bird! I hope he sticks to eating rodents more than song birds.

    • Hi Montucky, I agree. Lots of squirrels, rabbits, and assorted smaller rodents in the area. Plenty of lizards, too. Have an excellent Saturday tomorrow and thanks for your always appreciated comments!

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