Red-tailed Hawk – 5/23/24

Observer: Bruce Lewis

Observation Date: 5/23/24

Observation Time: N/A

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, Billings Loop

Common Name: Red-tailed Hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis

Comments: Mammals make up the bulk of most red-tailed hawk meals. Frequent victims include voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds, including pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds; as well as snakes and carrion. Individual prey items can weigh anywhere from less than an ounce to more than 5 pounds.

Check out the short video below to see a red-tailed hawk that caught and killed a big snake at Moose Hill.

More Information: All About Birds

Hawk video by Bruce Lewis 5-23-24