buteo (hawk) lineatus (striped)
Sunday, August 19, 1979 — 8:30 am
Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center
I confess. This sighting is tainted. The bird had been raised in captivity and released only a few days before. It was a good deal tamer than normal. It sat on a branch of a dead tree on the island in Sulky Pond and ignored us as we stood on the path, maybe 25 yards away. I think we even had some i.d. tips from Charles Wescott to help us figure out what it was.
Now for the real thing:
Sunday, March 2, 1980 — 3:00 pm
Waukegan, Illinois — Illinois Beach State Park
An adult Red-shouldered Hawk was sitting in a lone dead tree in a marsh along the entrance road. I stopped the car, and looked at it for a while. When I got out for a closer look, it took off. It flew to three different perches as we followed, dropping down after take-off, flying just above the reeds, then rising just before landing on its next perch.