A Red-Shouldered Hawk observed Friday in Gunlock:
Attached are 3 photos of what we finally figured out was an immature
Red-shouldered Hawk in Gunlock late Friday afternoon. We spent about
30-45 minutes studying this very accommodating hawk in great light with
our scope. Using Sibley and National Geographic guides we finally
concluded it was an immature Red-Shouldered after lengthy examination and
discussion. Since the maps show Red-shouldered is not common here we
decided it needed to show it tails so we encouraged it to fly. The tail
convinced us it was Red-shouldered. We've seen them a few times in east
and mid-west but we are not familiar with this species.
It was in the field just north of the yellow house (west side of road) at
501 Highway 7 in Gunlock. When it flew it only went a short distance.
Thought you might be interested since the maps show it is not common here.
Jean M. Lown, Ph.D.
FCHD Dept., Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-2905