This post was originally labeled Golden Eagle. Since that time it was reviewed by our Forest Serice Ranger and he stated it was a cry of a Red Tailed Hawk. Sorry for the mix-up.
While volunteering for the National Forest Service recently when this Red Tailed Hawk showed up. She/he kept circling and protesting until we turned around and left. We left promptly and informed the National Forest Service so that they could protect the nest area.
The Red Tailed Hawk is the largest of the hawk family and has very broad, rounded wings and a short, wide tail. Most Red-tailed Hawks are rich brown above and pale below. “Dark-morph” birds like this one are all chocolate-brown with a warm red tail.
These birds are found in any kind of terrain that provides both some open ground for hunting and some high perches. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. The Red-tailed Hawk is a bird of open country and is frequently seen on fence posts or the top of tall trees.
This is probably the most common hawk in North America.
We were awed by the beauty and persistence of this protective bird.