Red-shouldered Hawk in Marquette County Wisconsin on March 5, 2017

While driving on a back road in Marquette County with my son this morning we spotted a stunning Red-shouldered Hawk sitting on a branch in a wooded parcel about 50 feet off the road. I pulled over and took a couple shots. After about 30 seconds it flew about 50 feet down the road but remained in the woods. The colors on this bird when the wings went up and it flew were incredible! It landed in a heavily branched tree and we left the area. By far the closest I have ever been to this species, my lucky day! Images were taken on March 5, 2017.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Binomial name: Buteo lineatus

Category: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies

Size: 17” long, 40” wing span

Weight: 1.4 lb

Cool facts: These hawks of the forests hunt prey from mice to frogs and snakes often near rivers and swamps. Considered a secretive bird for this area.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

7 Responses to Red-shouldered Hawk in Marquette County Wisconsin on March 5, 2017

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    Just gorgeous, Jim! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Annie says:

    Awesome!!!! Nice pics even if it wasn’t many. Thanks for sharing your find, Jim.

  3. stacy says:

    wow!! amazing shots! thank you for sharing.

  4. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    What a beauty Jim! Thank you.

  5. Tom O'Malley says:

    How fortunate you and your son were to see the hawk!

    Rule No. 1 – always keep your camera ready!

    Great picture Jim.

  6. Vinod Baskaran says:


  7. Mark Madaus says:

    Beautiful bird! Great shots and timing!

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