Irvine, CA, USA
The red-shouldered is a medium sized hawk. Its breeding range spans from Eastern North America to the coast of California and North Eastern Central Mexico. It is a permanent resident throughout most of its range, though northern birds do migrate mostly to Central Mexico. The main conservation threat to the widespread species is deforestation unfortunately.
Red-shouldered hawks search for prey while perched on a treetop or soaring over woodlands. When they sight prey, they kill it by dropping directly onto it from the air. When there is open air they sometimes fly high and then drop low to surprise and catch their prey.