NOTE: This observation is a continuation of a previous post. The earlier article can be found here: Red-tailed Hawk – Baylor Nest

I drove by the Carrollton Red-tailed Hawk’s nest yesterday morning to do a quick spot check. On site I found one of the birds standing in the high grass just a few yards/meters from the road. I managed a few photographs out of my car window before the hawk got antsy and took to the air. As the big brown bird flew away I could see that he was carrying a recently killed Eastern Cottontail in his talon. Despite the large size of this Red-tailed Hawk, the bird struggled to lift even the rabbit’s partial carcass and could only carry it a short distance before having to land again.

NOTE: This observation is continued here: Red-tailed Hawk – Baylor Nest Update 2

Red-tailed Hawk - Baylor Nest Update 1
Red-tailed Hawk - Baylor Nest Update 1
Red-tailed Hawk - Baylor Nest Update 1
Red-tailed Hawk - Baylor Nest Update 1
Red-tailed Hawk - Baylor Nest Update 1

Observation Details

CountyDenton
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CityCarrollton
DateFeb 21, 2013
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureCold (less than 50°F/10°C)
WeatherLight Rain
HabitatAgricultural-Farm
Type of BehaviorNesting
GenderUncertain
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson