Winter is a good time for spotting hawks. Where there are open meadows, you can often spot a hawk sitting on top of a telephone pole looking for its next meal.
Paul Brewer spotted this Hawk, just as it took flight. It is a immature Red-shouldered Hawk, a hawk of the forest.
Red-shouldered Hawks are found where there are tall trees and water, and they are year round residents of the Mendonoma Coast. Their call is a plaintive whistle. If you'd like to hear it, here is the link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/sounds
To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/
I thank Paul for allowing me to share his photo with you here.