How rare is a Red-shouldered Hawk?

Answered by Willie Powers

Well, let me tell you, the Red-shouldered Hawk is quite an interesting bird. It’s not exactly rare, but it’s also not super common either. In the eastern part of its range, you can find these hawks breeding fairly regularly. They make their homes in the forests and woodlands, and you might even spot them near water sources like rivers or swamps. But here’s the thing, in some places, their population is actually declining, which is a bit concerning.

Out west, however, it’s a different story. These hawks are expanding their range northward into Washington. It used to be that you could only find them in California and southern Oregon, but now they’re making their way up the coast. It’s pretty cool to see how they’re adapting and spreading out.

I remember one time when I was hiking in the woods, I came across a Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a branch. Its red shoulders and barred chest were so distinct and beautiful. It was such a treat to see it up close and personal. I’ve also heard stories from friends who have spotted Red-shouldered Hawks nesting in their backyard trees. It’s always exciting to have these majestic birds as neighbors.

So, while the Red-shouldered Hawk may not be considered rare overall, its presence and population can vary depending on the region. It’s important for us to be aware of their decline in some areas and take steps to protect their habitat. After all, these hawks are not only a wonder to behold, but they also play an important role in maintaining the balance of their ecosystems.