Use your “hawk-eyes” as you travel near your home, and you’ll probably see one of these beautiful birds. Red-tailed hawks are common in San Diego County and throughout North America, whether perched on a pole or soaring overhead.
These raptors, or birds of preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food., have keen eyesight, talonsThe claws of a bird of prey. for grabbing preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food., and sharp beaks. They may swoop down to grab birds in flight, but they most often fly from a perch, then glide and snatch their meal from the ground. Red-tailed hawks are diurnalAwake and active during the day, asleep at night. hunters, but they also hunt at dusk.
These handsome birds are very good parents. They work together to build a nest of twigs and branches that can measure up to three feet across! Once the eggs hatch, the male and female bring food to the chicks. When young hawks begin to leave the nest, they chase their parents for food, and the adults drop food for the young to catch. After a while, the young birds get the hang of hunting by themselves.