Size 10-14" (25-36 cm)
Small woodland hawk with gray back and head, rusty red breast. Long tail with
several dark tail bands, widest band at end of squared-off tail. Red eyes.
Female: same as male, but larger.
She builds a platform nest: 1 brood per year; 4-5 eggs, white with brown markings.
Female and male feed young.
A common hawk of backyards and woodland, often seen
swooping in on birds visiting feeders. . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . .who also enjoy a dip and a drink - which is why these darlings,
the quiet and gentle mourning doves, took off in a hurry!
I was watching them from the window when I saw the hawk
land above them on the tree branch - fluttering wings their only sound,
and then they were gone. Safe thankfully.
Chilly March afternoon - just another day in the garden.