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Wildlife Wednesday: Hawk in Minneapolis

The more I travel, the more eager I am in seeing the wildlife, the undomesticated animal species. The wildlife existence is not necessary to be far away from my current home city, Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA). For instance, the following picture was taken in Loring Park, a park in the city center of Minneapolis, at early morning. It’s surprising to see a raptor bird in a public park in the middle of an urban area. As I am new to the bird’s identification world, my guess is based on several google image searches to identify the bird’s species. The final result concludes that it is a Red-tailed Hawk, possibly a juvenile one (please feel free to correct me).

 

The hawk kept her eyes on the squirrels for her breakfast

 

Just like other hawks species in the United States, the Red-tailed hawk is federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that prohibits the capture, killing, or possession of hawks without a special permit. However, it does not mean they are fully protected, as the Hawks face challenging life already due to the continuous urban development that caused habitat loss for them (source). Nevertheless, I am glad to see a hawk around in the city safe and sound. Stay green, Minneapolis!

Pssstt…for bird lovers, please check out the following bloggers for their impressive birding photography and information:

Sherry Felix Photography

Tiny Lessons Blog

Jet Eliot

38 Comments »

  1. Can relate to this — once in a raptor park in Alberta, I held up a piece of meat for a Harriet hawk to fly in and sit on my gloved hand and eat. I’ll never forget the experience!

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