• Tricia Jones

A Red-tailed Hawk Visits GFCC Today

Oct 14, 2015

We were happy to welcome Sandy, a Red-tailed hawk, to our playground today. Our Native American friend, Carlos, introduced us to Bill and Carolyn who take care of Sandy. They shared information with us about hawks and a little bit about the handling of one. Sandy was on her perch attached to a lease for much of the time, so our GFCC students enjoyed watching her from a safe distance.

Did you know that . . .

  • the Red-tailed Hawk is probably the most common hawk in North America.

  • female Red-tailed Hawks are heavier than males.

  • Red-tailed Hawks have keen eye-sight. They also have three eyelids -- upper and lower eyelids and a third eyelid that slides in from the side and is transparent. This third eyelid protects the hawk from injury while swooping down to grab prey in long grasses and dusty areas.

  • Red-tailed Hawks often mate for life.

  • We have a pair of Red-tailed Hawks at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church that sometimes perch high above the ground on the church's steeple.

Thank you, Carlos, for introducing us to your friends. We look forward to seeing you again in November and hearing some Native American stories.

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