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Red-tailed Hawk Unlike the brown thrasher, the red-tailed hawk loves open spaces and is often found in terrain that provides both open ground for hunting and high perches. It is the largest and most familiar hawk in North America. Also a year-round resident, the hawk is more numerous in the winter when it shares the gardens with others arriving from the far north. The hawk, one of the largest birds in this area, puts on an aerial display when it soars in wide circles at great heights. The red tail is obvious when viewed from above; otherwise, the flight feathers appear all brown with light barring. From below, the hawk appears mostly pale with dark wing edges, edges of flight feathers and belly band. Mammals such as mice, squirrels and rabbits make up most of the hawk’s diet. It also eats snakes and other birds. Its meal selections can vary from less than an ounce to more than five pounds. Two hawks often hunt together and can occasionally be seen guarding opposite sides of a tree to catch a squirrel. Mated pairs typically stay together until one dies. With this issue, OutreachNC concludes a yearlong series that highlights regional sites of the N.C. Birding Trail. We hope you have enjoyed the series as contributor Ray Linville explored beautiful landscapes and birds of our 36 OutreachNC.com | DECEMBER 2018 home state. He can be reached at linville910@gmail.com.

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