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Old Nov 29, 2006, 7:53 AM   #11
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i think we are all wrong. i went thru my NGS book and i think it's a Red Shouldered hawk. it was just way too big for a Sharp-shinned Hawk. book says Sharp-shinned Hawk is 10-14'' length. this was way bigger than that. i was thinking 16-18'' which is the size of the Red Shouldered hawk.. but you are definately right in saying it's not a Red Tailed hawk

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Old Nov 29, 2006, 8:06 AM   #12
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the more i read , the more i'm convinced.
Red Shouldered hawk
http://www.enature.com/flashcard/sho...dNumber=BD0096

Sharp-shinned Hawk
http://www.enature.com/flashcard/sho...dNumber=BD0091

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Old Nov 29, 2006, 8:15 AM   #13
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Now that I look at the wings more closely, the markings on the wing look more like a Red shouldered hawk, but the red at the top of the wing seems to be missing, although so is the red-orange eye of the Sharp-shinned hawk.

I guess it is up to you to get us a better photo.

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Old Nov 29, 2006, 1:54 PM   #14
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this hawk was way bigger than 10-14''...

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Old Nov 29, 2006, 7:46 PM   #15
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You know, some of us just post pictures "of this bird I saw." :lol:
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Old Nov 29, 2006, 9:59 PM   #16
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LOL! That's how I used to think, until Alison posted the picture of the "buzzard." All that talk about what a buzzard is in Great Britain (buteos, or buzzard hawk,which includes the red-tailed hawk)vs what people in the US think of as a buzzard (vultures)got me to pull out a field guide to birds that had belonged to my father, and I've had much more fun trying to figure them all out. I still know very little about birds but am having a great time learning!
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