I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without getting the word out that a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks have now established the Kimber Park Open Space as their breeding territory! They have been observed mating, feeding and patrolling on the Kimber Park Open Space property for several weeks now.
The pair, dubbed Conan and Scarlet, maintain a constant presence. They are extremely vocal and very beautiful.
Here’s a picture of the pair, taken while they were nestling together in a tree on the Kimber Park property today, Valentine’s Day, 2012:
The Red-Shouldered Hawk is thought of as the most beautiful of all of the Northern California native hawks. They are extremely adaptable and will feed on a wide variety of prey. They prefer to sit in a tree or other roost over a hunting area, swooping down when the prey shows itself. The are typically very vocal, and this is especially true of the pair on the Kimber Park property of late.
To listen to the Red-Shouldered Hawk call try the audio player below:
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