The Red-Shouldered Hawks of Deerfield
January 25th, 2012
For the third year in a row, I've found a pair of Red-Shouldered
wintering in a particular spot in my parents' neighborhood. The
locals are even familiar with them now, asking me if I'm looking for "the
hawks" when I walk by with my binoculars. This time I was able to get good
photos of one of them.
They seem to be filling the niche typically filled by accipiters
(Sharp-Shinned and Cooper's Hawks) in Ottawa: namely, preying on suburban
backyard birds. The one pictured was taking the rather cheeky approach of
perching directly above a feeder.
The classic watchful pose of the Northern
. As it happens, this bird was in the same yard as the hawk, so
he had good reason to be watchful!