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Christmas Red-tailed Hawk

Alex Lamoreaux|

After a Christmas Eve dinner last night and a morning breakfast with my family today, I drove out to a few birding locations that I like to visit when I’m in Hershey. Bird activity was kind of slow but Red-tailed Hawks (and a few Great Blue Herons) were all over, hunting for small rodents in the tall-grass fields. Of the six red-tails that I saw, only one was an immature. The young hawk allowed me near it as it perched on telephone wires along the road. I spent a few minutes photographing it before driving away. It was late this afternoon when I came across this hawk so the sun was too low to light up the bird well, but I am pretty happy with the results. What a nice Christmas present and great opportunity to study a young Red-tailed Hawk up-close!

Red-tailed Hawk - An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Red-tailed Hawk – An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Red-tailed Hawk - An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Red-tailed Hawk – An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Red-tailed Hawk - An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Red-tailed Hawk – An immature in PA. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

All of us here at NemesisBird.com would like to wish our readers a merry Christmas and happy holidays. We hope you are all spending some time with your families, enjoying the fresh snow that fell last night across most of the northeast, or watching the Indiana Jones marathon on TV right now (like I am), or eating lots of good food, or of course – finding a little time to go birding, even if just appreciating the birds coming in to your feeders.

About the Author

Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086

  • aslamoreaux

    A cooperative hawk for photography, as far as how close I was able to sit near it in my car, but a really horrible background and unnatural perch – although for a Red-tailed Hawk, perching on telephone poles and wires is pretty natural…..