I was frankly surprised when I looked at my yard list and saw I was missing the Red-tailed Hawk.
We've had all the accipiters - Sharp-shinned, Cooper's and even Northern Goshawk. And we are lucky to be in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains where we can enjoy migrating raptors in the thermals overhead. We mostly see (or are able to identify) Broad-winged Hawks, and even had a nice fly-by visit from one. Broad-wings are known to inhabit mixed and deciduous woods like where I live.
But until this week, I can't say I've positively identified a Red-tail Hawk in the skies over my house. But a clear, repeated "keeerr-r-r keeerr-r-r" tipped me off to its presence overhead.
It gave me a fairly good look, good enough for me to see its characteristic belly band and its kind of beat up tail.
The Red-tailed Hawk become yard bird #94, and my second new yard bird of the year!