Red-shouldered hawk

RSHA Red - Jeff Robinson 09.12Buteo lineatus

 

If a red-shouldered hawk lives in your neighborhood you have probably heard it; these hawks are very vocal. Listen for a sharp, raspy, scream-like call that sounds like kee-yuur kee-yuur. They build large nests in trees near streams or rivers and hunt small mammals, birds, and even snakes.

 

If you visit Lindsay Wildlife in spring, you may hear Red, our youngest resident raptor, calling from his high perch in the main hall. As a baby, Red fell out of his nest in Walnut Creek in spring 2010. After our wildlife veterinarian treated him, we discovered that he had permanent neurological damage and was, therefore, non-releasable.