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Red Tailed Hawk in Red Oaks Mill

We often see Red Tailed Hawks circling high above the area, but this one came closer than most (clicky for more dots):

Red Tailed Hawk Red Oaks Mill 2016-06-27 - 0195

Red Tailed Hawk Red Oaks Mill 2016-06-27 – 0195

Surely you can see it, just to the left of the speed limit sign? It took us by surprise, too!

Near the middle of the road:

Red Tailed Hawk Red Oaks Mill 2016-06-27 - 0211

Red Tailed Hawk Red Oaks Mill 2016-06-27 – 0211

And away:

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Red Tailed Hawk Red Oaks Mill 2016-06-27 – 0227

Perhaps it’s taking a break to enjoy just flying around? That’s about what we were doing; it was a fine morning for that sort of thing.

Squinting at a few more frames, it’s flying at 18 mph with 4 wingbeats per second. Not in a hurry, that’s for sure, and still traveling faster than we were.

We spotted a few Gas Hawks above the airport, too, but they stayed too far away for pictures…

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  1. #1 by Red County Pete on 2016-07-17 - 08:59

    The local Red Tailed hawks like to cruise, looking for ground squirrels standing erect “on guard”. Several hadn’t figured out that the danger just isn’t just on the ground in front of them.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-07-18 - 08:09

      We wonder whether they’re really spotting rodents while circling high overhead or just enjoying their flight. They’re definitely on the clock while perched in the trees!