|Male Red-shouldered Hawk|
This morning while driving on Route 51 in Pineville, North Carolina I saw two Red-shouldered Hawks sitting about 15 to 20 feet in the air watching for movement below. They perched less than 25 feet from each other in separate trees. This man made drainage ditch has turned this area into some prime hunting ground for this pair. This pair has been around for years and can often be found hunting this same area. They have nested just up the road for at least the past three years. They have a diverse diet and don't hunt large prey as a rule. But with everything from mice,rats, voles, snakes, lizards, small birds and big bugs they are not often too far away from a meal. Of course with winter closing in the amount of prey will lesson and be harder. I look forward to seeing them over the winter and hoping to once again see them on nest this coming spring.
|Female Red-shoulder Hawk|