Beautiful bird! Red-tailed Hawk. The EJC Arboretum has a live nesting pair. We think one of our hawks was seriously injured. We had a report of a hawk disabled on the ground, Virginia Wildlife Center volunteers tried to find but couldn't. If anyone has a sighting, call the office (540) 568-3194, stay with the downed bird, until help arrives! We don't want our hawk to die. We hope it can be helped.
Red-tailed Hawks in N & C America; live in forests, swamps or deserts; brick-red colored tails, from which their common name was derived. In the wild, they are expected to live for 10 -21 years. They reach reproductive maturity when they are about 3 years old.
Red-winged Blackbird riding on the back of a Red-tailed Hawk...this is referred to as 'bird surfing'. Certain 'bold (mostly corvids and some icterids), birds will do this to chase raptors out of their territory and away from their nests.