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The Ferruginous Hawk is one of the largest members of the Hawk family with a wing span of 4 to 5 feet. The name is taken from the Latin "ferrus" or 'iron' as a reference to their rust color. They live in the non-forested portions of the western half of the United States. Their favored diet is said to be small mammels ranging from pocket mice to jack rabbits and squirrels.
The bird featured here was photographed with 4 photos over a period of abut 5 seconds departing the top of a utility pole which over looked an alfalfa circle in south central Oregon (Fort Rock) in which irrigation was in process. Note that the utility has specially modified the power line to accomodate them by lowering the cross arm from the top of the pole and installing guards to prevent the bird from landing 'outboard' on the cross arm, and guards to protect the bird from the neary conductors.
Additional information: see Wikpedia - Ferruginous Hawk