Red-tailed hawk spotted on Ram Island Causeway: Reader Photo

DON BINDLER PHOTO | A red-tailed hawk landing on an Island perch.

DON BINDLER PHOTO | A red-tailed hawk landing on an Island perch.

Our friend Don Bindler sent us this photo of a hawk at rest atop a Shelter Island tree branch.

Don wrote:  “Winter is the best time to see hawks on Shelter Island. With the leaves off the trees, they are easier to spot.”

Along with the year-round residents, such as this young red-tailed hawk photographed last week on the Ram Island Causeway, a variety of migrant species spend the winter and patrol our beaches or keep watch at backyard feeders.”

For more information on spotting migratory birds, be sure to check out Chris Paparo’s column on winter waterfowl on the East End.