On sunny days you can often see them perched on utility poles along the highway, or soaring above searching for voles, mice, squirrels, and such.
The realization that red-tails weren't chicken killers started in the 1950s or '60s. Look in any bird book from that time and you're likely to find a plea that farmers stop shooting them out of the sky and a heartfelt defense against the accusations of them as "chicken hawks." In the nick of time, laws now protect all predatory birds.
Red-tails are also North America's most common hawk, but their coloration varies from east to west. They tend to be darker here in the West; occasionally they look almost black. But check out that handy-dandy red tail to help identify them.
Have you noticed red-tails perched along the highway?