Hawk Captured on MnDOT Camera Showing Interest in Traffic

by Megusta

While the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acknowledges that some birds migrate south for the winter, others choose to make Minnesota their year-round home.

In Minneapolis, drivers can always expect vigilant monitoring from the Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) cameras and crews. This was particularly evident on a Tuesday morning when MnDOT officials observed a curious red-tailed hawk overseeing traffic at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Portland Avenue. The hawk positioned itself directly in front of a traffic camera, appearing almost as if it was relishing its moment in the spotlight.

The red-tailed hawk is a widespread species, inhabiting regions across the United States, extending south through Mexico and into Central America. While the DNR notes that some avian residents migrate south during the winter, there are those that opt to remain in Minnesota throughout the year.

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