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Hawk or Eagle
Q. What kind of bird is this? About every 3 days it kills a squirrel and eats it on top of telephone pole.
A. This is a Red-tailed Hawk. The field mark that helps determine this is the streaked belly band you can see just between and slightly above the legs in this photo. Red-tailed Hawks eat a variety of prey including insects, lizards, rodents and squirrels - as you have witnessed. Whatever is easiest to catch is what they'll eat.