17 inches long with a 40 inch wingspan. The Red-shouldered Hawk is a relatively long-tailed hawk with long legs, It often sits with a hunched over look. In flight it shows a pale crescent at the base of the primaries. The adult has reddish shoulders and wing linings with extensive checkered black and white spotting above. There are dark streaks on a reddish chest.
The Red-shouldered Hawk is seen uncommonly in the area and might be seen migrating along the bluffs. It had bested in the forest in the early 1990’s.
The Red-shouldered Hawk has a range that is just south and east of our area.
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