Red-tailed Hawk, soaring up out of Fossil Ridge Canyon, RRC.
Christmas Bird Count
Call heard while on upper section of Pomponio Trail
landed by side of road and left with prey; red tail clearly seen
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within their range....