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- Bird Of The Month -

Red tailed Hawk



Scientific name:  Buteo jamaicensis                         

How to identify: 

Red-tailed Hawks are large hawks with typical Buteo proportions: very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail. Large females seen from a distance might fool you into thinking you're seeing an eagle. (Until an actual eagle comes along.)
Most Red-tailed Hawks are rich brown above and pale below, with a streaked belly and, on the wing underside, a dark bar between shoulder and wrist. The tail is usually pale below and cinnamon-red above, though in young birds it's brown and banded. "Dark-morph" birds are all chocolate-brown with a warm red tail. "Rufous-morph" birds are reddish-brown on the chest with a dark belly.


Habitat:  The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of open country. Look for it along fields and perched on telephones poles, fence posts, or trees standing alone or along edges of fields


Where to find one: You'll most likely see Red-tailed Hawks soaring in wide circles high over a field. When flapping, their wing beats are heavy. In high winds they may face into the wind and hover without flapping, eyes fixed on the ground. They attack in a slow, controlled dive with legs outstretched - much different from a falcon's stoop.


How to attract one to your yard:  You're unlikely to see this bird in your backyard (unless yours is a big one). Red-tailed Hawks eat mostly mammals, so they're less likely to visit a popular feeder than a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned hawk is. It's very rare for a Red-tailed Hawk to go after dogs or cats.


Interesting fact:  The Red-tailed Hawk has a thrilling, raspy scream that sounds exactly like a raptor should sound. At least, that's what Hollywood directors seem to think. Whenever a hawk or eagle appears onscreen, no matter what species, the shrill cry on the soundtrack is almost always a Red-tailed Hawk.


For more information on Red-tailed Hawks, visit one of the three Moana Nursery store locations:  1100 W. Moana Ln. & 11301 S. Virginia St., Reno and 7644 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks. 


Carmel Ruiz-Hilton is Manager of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops at Moana Nursery in Reno/Sparks



Go to the WBU site for more Bird of the Month newsletters & articles. 


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Raptors In Reno Project 


Over this spring, our south Reno location was fortunate enough to be involved in a research project headed up by PhD student, Justin White.  If you are familiar with this store you may know that we have a pair of red-tailed hawks that nest above the rock yard.  For his project Justin is studying how hawks have specifically evolved to use urban areas successfully as habitat in the Reno area.  He also was attempting to understand more of their behaviors and mating success.  In order to collect this data, there was a static camera mounted on an adjacent tree to take still pictures of the hawks and their offspring.


The following are some pictures that came out of this research.  Pretty cool!







Upcoming Events



Lahontan Audubon Society:



SPECIAL EVENT-Sagehen Creek BioBlitz

When: Jul 11 - 12, 2015
Where: Sagehen Creek Field Station, 11616 Sage Hen Road, Truckee, CA 96161



Field Trip - Birds, Views, and Falls - Galena Falls
When: Sun, July 19, 6am - 1pm
Where: Mt Rose Trail, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Mt Rose Trail, Reno, NV 89511

For more information on Lahontan Audubon Events, visit the website: http://www.nevadaaudubon.org/



Animal Ark:


July is Military Month at Animal Ark
July 1 - 31

We offer free admission for all active and reserve personnel. Military dependents receive 50% off regular admission prices. Thank you for your service!!!



CSI: Animal Ark
July 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bring the family and become Cat Science Investigators! Receive hands-on training in identifying wild feline characteristics and biology as you walk through the park, observe living specimens and meet our wildlife caretakers.


For more information on Animal Ark activities, go to http://animalark.org/ 

Nature Happenings



July 1 & 30: New Moon, July 15: Full Moon


July 28 - 29: Delta Aquarids Meteor shower peaks.


July 29 - 30: Capricornids Meteor shower


July: NABA National Butterfly count


Our longest days bring our highest average temperatures, and all those afternoon thunderstorms can make for a wet month.


Rufous Hummingbirds visit mid-month on their southbound leg of the longest migration distance of any bird for its size.


Calliope Hummingbirds, our smallest bird in North America, also visit on their southern migration.


Black-chinned Hummingbirds spill over from the mountains and visit feeders.


American and Lesser Goldfinches are our last birds to nest, waiting for mature thistle plants to provide nesting material and food for their young.


Robins have finished nesting but will readily visit yards in search of worms and berries.


Look for Monarch caterpillars on milkweed foliage.


Keep finch feeders full of fresh Nyjer® (commonly referred to as thistle) seed.


Plant berry-producing shrubs or offer cherries, cranberries, raisins, grapes, or blueberries to help robins feed their young.


Look for hummingbirds feeding on Trumpet Creeper, Columbine and Penstemon.


Mallards molt into their "eclipse" plumage and are unable to fly for several weeks.


First brood of immature hummingbirds begin to show up at nectar feeders later in the month.





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