It is a pretty iconic (and common) sound around Charlotte. The keeyeeer of the Red-shouldered Hawk, that is. There is a pair that has been really active in my neighborhood this year. Red-shouldered Hawks are one of the birds that has taken really well to suburban habitats like Charlotte. In one study of reproductive success, suburban birds had the same number of successful fledging events as birds from more rural areas. It’s a useful thing to know about these birds- especially when paired with the information that nest site selection stays about the same. Red-shouldered Hawks may nest in a variety of tree species, but on average, they prefer to nest in areas with high canopy cover and old trees (with wide trunks).
Suburban Charlotte (which really is most of the city) definitely meets these criteria and so provides them with a great array of nesting options. So keep your eyes and ears out for these gorgeous birds.