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Red-Tailed Hawk & Gray
16" x 28"
painting depicts two common and familiar residents of the forests
of the eastern U.S. The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis
is present throughout North America. East of the Mississippi
this bird does not exhibit the wide range of color phases that
western birds show, but unique albino birds occasionally pop
up in this population. The gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
is the common squirrel of eastern North America. It feeds mostly
on nuts and dens in tree cavities. The superfluous animals in
this piece are the underwing moth (Catocala sp.) and a
hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus).