Since folks who follow this blog tend to love our local Red-shoulders -- and yes, Laura and her mate appear to be nesting again this year -- I thought it would be neat to post the Red-shoulder page from Richard Crossley's new Raptor ID book.
(The Celery Farm Blog is part of the book's Raptor Blog Tour; more info on the other featured blogs is here.)
I love the illustration of the adult calling while flying, and the comparisons of the adult and juvenile perched.
You can see how easy it is to glance at the juvie and think it is a Red-tailed Hawk (see photo below, of a juvenile Red-shoulder eating a baby snapping turtle, from "Survival," the book about Allendale's Red-shoulders -- more info on downloading this book for free later today).
And since we have been getting more juvies thanks to Laura and her two most recent nesting seasons, I thought it particularly pertinent.