This Red-tailed Hawk landed in a tree on top of the ridge. The head seems very dark for a hawk with such a light belly. The tail, which you can't see in this photo, was definitely red.
Another Red-tailed Hawk was flying over the the trees bordering the prairie on the West side of IL 78. All together on our drive we saw 22 Red-tailed Hawks, with 5 or 6 of them at Emiquon. We also found 3 American Kestrel's and one Merlin. No photo of the Merlin, as he was on a power pole along IL 78 where there is no shoulder. I would love to have a photo of a Merlin. Maybe next time!