We often observe the Red Tailed Hawks soaring or perched above open areas near the High Point Preserve and the Greenwood Sanctuary. This Spring a pair of Red Tailed Hawks have been observed constructing a nest site and, as the images in this article show, are caring for at least one young hawk.
We plan to monitor from a distance the progress of this raptor family. In the next photo, if you look closely, you can see the fuzzy white head of a chick under the breast feathers of the mother hawk. Raptors play a key role in the health and balance of the wildlife in our local environment.
For more information on raptors in Pennsylvania, here are two great sources:
Hawk Mountain, 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529, about a 2 hour drive south of Montrose, PA, is a great place to learn about raptors and see them in person. They have trails and lookouts which offer beautiful scenery and access to nature. Hawk Mountain is a famous location for observing migrating hawks in the Fall. Hoping the Hawk Mountain will re-open in the Fall after the current restrictions on social gathering are relaxed.
For information on Hawks in PA – This link to a wildlife note covers 11 Pennsylvania hawks: the northern goshawk, sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, red-tailed, red-shouldered, broad-winged and rough-legged hawks, northern harrier, peregrine falcon, merlin and American kestrel.