It was a great surprise to find this species nesting in Oakville Township in about 1993. In fact, one or two pair has nested every year since, through 2001.
As far as we know, there are very few, if any, historical records for this species being in the Red River Valley. Its normal range begins
in the central part of the state with Kidder County being particularly good. Whether Ferruginous Hawks have been here "all along" but merely overlooked is not known.
Nests are generally located in lone, rather small trees out on the open prairie. Nearby colonies of ground squirrels may be essential for their presence.