Bird of the week 2024 | Red-shouldered hawk
Red-shouldered hawk [MichaelWarren.com]
Red-shouldered hawks are everywhere in Marion County. Watch for them perched on telephone poles, treetops, or the corner of a roof. Unlike their slightly larger cousin, the red-tailed hawk, they spend more time perching and less time soaring. They also prefer snakes and lizards, whereas the red-tailed hawk prefers small mammals. This one was hunting at the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park.