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Red-Tailed Hawks in Providence – best of 2017

This hawk successfully caught a pigeon in Burnside Park and put on a show for people at the bus stop. General Ambrose Burnside was a Union major general in the American Civil War and father of “side whiskers,” later known as sideburns.

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Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk soaring over Kennedy Plaza in front of 111 Westminster (aka The Superman Building):

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This Red-Tailed Hawk perched on a church has an interesting mix of juvenile (striped) and adult (red) tail feathers:

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Raptors are nature’s pest control, so please never use chemical rat poisons. If a hawk consumes a poisoned rat, the hawk dies… and if it feeds any nestlings, they all die too.

Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) educates people about the ecological role of birds of prey in urban and wild areas and about the danger they face from the widespread use of rat poison. Please visit raptorsarethesolution.org for more info.

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Similar to owls, hawks will regurgitate a pellet after consuming a mammal. The pellet contains indigestible fur and bones:

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In the springtime, a pair of Red-Tailled Hawks nested behind a billboard downtown, raising two offspring:

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This is one of the young fledglings, already looking like an adult a few days after leaving the nest at about 45 days old:

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This juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk took on a snake and won, but after one taste it flew away and left the dead snake uneaten:

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Lastly, one more juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, posing at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence

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3 Comments

  1. Tberardcvt@gmail.com
    Posted 03.08.18 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this beautiful informative piece . I hope it will inspire many more people to care about our raptors. Also think how their actions help or hinder them.

    • Peter Green
      Posted 03.08.18 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      Great to hear, thanks for checking it out and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.

  2. Dan Green
    Posted 03.08.18 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    LOVED THIS!! U ROCK, PETER.

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