Red-tailed Hawks are so beautiful. This is a juvenile. From what I can tell, the easiest way to distinguish between the adult and the juvenile is that the juvenile has more reddish streaks on the chest and whiter tail feathers. But for all these rules I found identifications that violate the rule. I hope the blood on his talons is from food and isn’t his blood.
These pictures were taken during a bad inversion, which is why it looks so gray.
I went back again today. It snowed last night, which cleared out a lot of the nasty inversion. This picture is much nicer and also funny because it looks as if the hawk took instructions from the sign and decided to rest there.