While I was at Putney Mountain hawk-watching, Gerry took our westies out to a nice spot on our property that has a great view of the valley. While Merry and Pippin explored the area for chipmunks, Gerry enjoyed visits from an adult and immature red-tailed hawks.
|adult red-tailed hawk|
|immature red-tailed hawk|
One way to identify an immature red-tail, since he lacks the red tail, is the "belly band". Both adults and immatures have this characteristic.
Another identifying mark on red-tails is the "patagial bar", the dark bar on the leading edge of the inner wing.
This is a great time of year to be outside and enjoy migrating hawks!