Bird #86 — Red-tailed Hawk

buteo (hawk) jamaicensis (of Jamaica)

Friday, November 16, 1979 — 11:00 am

Deerfield, Illinois

Two days after I saw the Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers (previous posts), I walked to the pond along I-94 again.  I don’t recall if I saw anything of interest, but on the way back to my car, I spotted this Red-tailed Hawk.  I was walking across the cornfield when I spotted it circling high in the air over the field and nearby woods.

Later in the day (2:45 p.m.), after my last class, I went back and saw it, or another one, in the same area.  It was being chased by an American Crow and was giving a screeching cry.  I followed it into the woods for a while but stopped when I happened upon someone’s yard.

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