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Get Ready for the Raptors!

It may still feel like summer to us, but September is the beginning of fall migration for birds and raptors are already moving back into our area. Binocular vision, heavy curved beaks, and strong talons make these impressive birds extremely efficient at finding and capturing prey. Although we have a few resident species of diurnal raptors (i.e., raptors that are not nocturnal), many more species overwinter here after returning from their breeding grounds to the north.


Keep an eye out for these species that are common in the League City area!


Red-tailed Hawks are large buteos with rounded wings and fanned tails, usually seen soaring overhead or perched on top of utility poles. The rust-colored tail that gives this species its name is easy to see in adult plumage; juvenile plumage varies greatly however, with light barring on the wings and tail instead. One consistent field mark to look for is the light-colored “V” shape on the back formed by pale feather edgings.

Red-tailed hawks
Red-tailed hawks are spotted often on the top of utility poles.
 

Our breeding population of Red-shouldered Hawks<