Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

A common and widespread species in North America and a potential vagrant to the UK, but due to the number of escaped birds on the loose any vagrant is unlikely to be accepted as such. There have been a number of records of escaped birds at several sites in Norfolk in recent years.

There is significant geographic (as well as individual) variation in the plumage of Red-tailed Hawks in North America. All of the following photos were taken in the west, mostly in California, so they do not represent the full range of variation by any means.

Red-tailed Hawk, Elkhorn Slough, 1-May-05 Red-tailed Hawk, Elkhorn Slough, 1-May-05

Red-tailed Hawk, Elkhorn Slough (California, USA), 1st May 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Point Reyes, 3-May-05 Red-tailed Hawk, Otay Lakes, 20-Apr-05

Red-tailed Hawk, Point Reyes (California, USA), 3rd May 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Otay Lakes (California, USA), 20th April 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Kelso Creek Road, 5-May-05 Red-tailed Hawk, Kelso Creek Road, 5-May-05

Red-tailed Hawk, Kelso Creek Road (California, USA), 5th May 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, near Revelstoke, 15-Sep-06 Red-tailed Hawk, Lake Hemet, 27-Apr-05

juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, near Revelstoke (British Columbia, Canada), 15th September 2006

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Lake Hemet (California, USA), 27th April 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Kehoe Beach, 2-May-05 Red-tailed Hawk, Elkhorn Slough, 1-May-05

Red-tailed Hawk, Kehoe Beach (California, USA), 2nd May 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Elkhorn Slough (California, USA), 1st May 2005

 

Red-tailed Hawk, Point Reyes, 2-May-05  

Red-tailed Hawk, Point Reyes (California, USA), 2nd May 2005