We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I did a double-take when I passed one of these guys perched on a tree beside the highway. In winter, hawks along a highway are generally always Red-Tails, so this smaller guy's rusty chest in the sunlight surprised me.
Red-Shoulders tend to be birds of the lowlands, but in migration times you can see anything anywhere.
I always marvel at how birds and animals just "show up". We live out in the woods of the Smokey Mountains and six years ago we built a pond for fire protection. We stocked it with catfish, koi, and minnows. I was amazed when a Kingfisher and a Blue Heron showed up. How did they know? We also had various species of toads and frogs just show up out of nowhere, along with some water snakes. Where were they all before we built the pond?
My daughter and son-in-law have a pair nesting on their seven acres. Their property backs up to an upscale subdivision, and they are definitely not isolated. However, there is a creek running along their property line, and that fits the preferred habitat. Thus far, the hawks seem to coexist with the owl who also inhabits the area.