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I See ... a Red-Tailed Hawk
By Mary Barth, Richard Barth
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Riding down the road, some people watch for "punch buggies", some read books or play games, some even fight with their brother or sister, but I watch for red-tailed hawks!
Right off the road in the middle of a farmer's field is a group of a few scrawny trees. There are also a variety of grasses and bushes growing there. In the tallest tree is a huge twig nest. I think that's where the hawk lays her three, four, or five eggs each spring.
Most of the time a red-tailed hawk can be seen on a fence post, or more likely on a telephone pole where he can deliver the old "perch, swoop, and grab."
Hawks sit high in a tree, see a rodent or something that fits their carnivorous diet, and swoop down and grab their prey in their sharp talons.
Flying back to the pole, this bird of prey uses its sharp beak to rip apart the tiny mouse, rabbit, or the occasional squirrel.
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