Like many longtime Central Texas residents, red-tailed hawks have been adjusting to a new lifestyle in recent years. As the Austin area has urbanized, the rust-colored raptors that historically hunted in rural fields are now nesting in downtown buildings and divebombing along the highway.
Red-tailed hawks coexist well with humans; they famously nest in New York’s Central Park. Experts say the hawks are flourishing locally and have become more visible around Austin, especially this time of year, when the birds are building nests and laying eggs.
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