When I first caught a glimpse of this bird, as the volunteers at Hawk Ridge were bringing it in to do an informative program, I thought that it was a northern goshawk because of its coloration.
As soon as I got a better look at the shape and the pattern I realized that it was an immature red-tailed hawk and not a goshawk. I don't think that he was happy that I mistook hm for a goshawk because he kept sticking his tongue out at me.
Red-tailed hawks are pretty common through out North America except for the extreme northern arctic regions. They are what is called a border species because they are typically found at the edge of a forest where it meets open fields. Typically the red-tail will roost in a tree and keep his eye on the field waiting to find a rodent, squirrel, rabbit, snake or other prey to swoop down on. This red-tail was adopted up at Hawk Ridge on October 18th. As part of the adoption the person who adopts the bird gets to release it back into the wild, as long as they are present.