Red-tailed hawk at the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, 2016
Photograph by Larissa Glasser
Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
May 4, 2016
We decided to present something a little different for this week’s featured image. We were processing journals in the early afternoon and by chance we looked up for just a moment and found we had a new sort of library visitor. An adult red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis [Gmelin, 1788]) was peering in at us from the far northeast corner of the Reading Room. We wondered how we should start the reference interview.
It was a perfect moment we had to capture and share. The red-tailed hawk favors the habitat surrounding the Hunnewell Building, hunting reptiles and small rodents in the North Meadow. Their distinctive high-pitched screech (which has been likened to steam escaping) serves as a constant reminder of the hawk’s importance to our ecosystem. When you are next around the Hunnewell Building, look up! You may see it perched on one of our windowsills.
Read more about the red-tailed hawk at Birds of America Online.
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