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These photos were taken September 5 in southwest Ohio. We were walking along when this raptor flew very low, directly over our heads, holding a dead squirrel. I thought it might be a red-tailed hawk as they are common around here, but this bird looked larger, and I thought red-tails were not strong enough to carry a squirrel.

Sorry for the horrible picture quality, but this was far away, into the light, with an iPhone (it was all we had at the time).

 

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22 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Red-tailed Hawk is correct. Bulky build, short tail, clean white upper breast.

OK, thank you for the help! We were hoping for something more exotic.

Why don't the red-tails near our house eat squirrels? We have seen a red-tail just sitting on a fence just ten feet from a squirrel, and both just ignored each other.

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1 hour ago, Wendall63 said:

Why don't the red-tails near our house eat squirrels? We have seen a red-tail just sitting on a fence just ten feet from a squirrel, and both just ignored each other.

Good question.  I don't really know how or where they like to hunt.  They do eat larger animals, like rabbits, that are perhaps easier and more rewarding to catch.  Your Red-tailed probably wasn't hungry, at least not hungry enough to go for a little squirrel.

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1 hour ago, Wendall63 said:

Why don't the red-tails near our house eat squirrels? We have seen a red-tail just sitting on a fence just ten feet from a squirrel, and both just ignored each other.

It’s possible that the energy it takes for the hawk to catch a squirrel outweighs the energy the squirrel provides. 

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I read a study about why birds at feeders eat some seeds but discard others, even thought they're the same kind of seed.  Turns out they're checking the weight.  Lighter seeds are discarded because they don't yield enough calories to be worth expending energy to open.

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