A couple of the images on this page are available by permission from Marty Jones and are his copyrighted images. Mr. Jones’ site
Birds of Hardy Lake
Mammals make up the bulk of most Red-tailed Hawk meals. Frequent victims include voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, and ground squirrels. The hawks also eat birds, including pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds; as well as snakes and carrion. Individual prey items can weigh anywhere from less than an ounce to more than 5 pounds.
These hawks breed in the arctic. In winter they migrate to open habitats such as fields, prairies, deserts, and airports in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Many of the images on this page have been taken by Sam Mayo, a student at Purdue Polytechnic University.