Monday, August 4, 2014

Red Car Property: Red Shouldered Hawk*

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 3, 2014.  A Red Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) showed off its scenic plumage on one of the recently trimmed, dying Eucalyptus trees near the historic viaduct footings.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 3, 2014.  The hawk was likely drying out from the rain & extreme humidity Saturday night.  I've watched the Red Tailed Hawks do this routine in the trees outside my house after every rainstorm.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 3, 2014.  Red Shouldered Hawks are seen fairly regularly by residents on Adelbert.  According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, they are a forest dwelling hawk that will live "in some suburban areas where houses and other buildings are mixed into woodlands."   That pretty much describes the north end of the Red Car Property - for sure.   

Red Shouldered Hawks also like to hunt on the edge of rivers, although Cornell says nothing of how they've adapted to concrete lined rivers, like the LA River.  The historic landmark viaduct footings are just 2 blocks from the Los Angeles River.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 3, 2014.  It is, however, very special to witness one of these magnificent Red Shouldered Hawks in the neighborhood.  They do tend to stay well hidden in the trees.  The Red Car Property affords people the opportunity to get close to nature on a trail a few hundred feet from the 5 Freeway.

*Updated with new Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 3, 2014.  In case there was any doubt the Red Shouldered Hawk was on one of the dying trees on the Red Car Property.

Learn more about Red Shouldered Hawks: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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