Neighborhood Hawk



This young visited Cadman Plaza Park in Heights on Saturday.

It got this head forward alert look whenever a squirrel or dog came near.

I’ve seen red-tailed hawks eating squirrels in New York trees before, but not this day.

Note the brown striped tail, indicating that it is immature. The famous red tail develops in a red-tailed hawk’s second year.

This young red-tailed hawk visited Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday.
It got this head forward alert look whenever a squirrel or dog came near. I’ve seen red-tailed hawks eating squirrels in New York trees before, but not this day. Note the brown striped tail, indicating that it is immature. The famous red tail develops in a red-tailed hawk’s second year.
Here it is showing off an impressive Exorcist style head rotation. No sneaking up behind this bird!

 

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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