ANOTHER DAPPER RAPTOR
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (Buteo lineatus)
Photo: © 2007 Jeffrey Berger
Known for aerial acrobatics, the red-shouldered hawk always gets my attention. Common throughout Florida, they live in hardwood forests adjacent to wetlands where they dine on amphibians, crayfish, and small reptiles. Populations of red-shouldered hawks have declined due to clear-cutting of forests. Listen for KEEE-a. KEEE-a. Then look around.