The Red-tailed Hawk were once called “Chicken Hawks” and the Red-shouldered the “Hen Hawk.” Undoubtedly they took a few chickens, but only rarely. Like most stories of wild predators taking domestic animals, their impact is usually exaggerated. There's one story about a farmer letting loose a flock of 50 Cornish Hen chicks, coming back an hour later and finding 48 of them dead and then complaining about birds of prey. More likely it was a neighbor's dog or cat, but poor hawks got the blame. A survey done by the U.S. Fish a Wildlife Service a few years ago estimated the total monetary damage done by all raptors on agricultural property was less than $200,000. That's NATIONALLY for ALL hawks and owls!
I was watching a Red-shouldered Hawk in my backyard the other day, listening to its distinctive cries; it's certainly one of the most vocal hawks. It had a lizard in its beak, but they eat a variety of small mammals, birds, and even crayfish. Although “red-shouldered” seems a...
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