Not that you would know it from this picture, but red-tailed hawks are very large birds of prey, and the females are usually larger than the males. You’ll see them soaring all around our region, they love hunting over farmland, meadows and fields. The famous red in the red tail doesn’t develop until the bird is around three years old, which is a helpful tidbit to know when you are trying to age a bird.
But we all know this one is a tiny baby. She fell from her nest and was being pecked at by jays, who were either trying to bring her home as dinner for their own nestlings or trying to scare her away. Either way, she suffered only minor injuries and her excellent appetite is helping her heal quickly. Yummy yum, little one!