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Old Jul 12, 2009, 8:53 PM   #1
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This is the first time I've seen this species and can't find it on the net.
I was out in my shop doing some welding this afternoon when I heard a commotion of bird cries out in the back yard. There must have been dozens of what I think were mocking birds just carrying on something fierce and several crows flying around overhead cawing and acting strange. I steped back in the shop and picked up my camera (its always in reach) and started scanning the tree looking for what the problem was. The tree was alive with motion of little birds hoping from branch to branch but I couldn't get a fix on any of them... then about 20ft in front of me I saw this Hawk? he was having lunch of what appeared to be a crow. there were so many branches and leaves in the way and the lighting was real poor but, I decided to try anyway. he didn't stay around long enough to get more than 3 clicks. he's hard to make out but I hope somebody here might be able to ID it for me.




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Old Jul 12, 2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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It's hard to tell. Here is a link with various hawk pictures:

http://www.birdphotography.com/

This one most closely resembles (at least to me) what they call a Ferruginous Hawk, but I only guessing based on a few pics.
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GW, from what I can see of it, I don't see how it could be anything but a Cooper's Hawk - probably a large female to take something as large as a crow. Cooper's and the other accipiters are all bird hawks.
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how tall is this guy??
does he hunt from a perch or by flight?
i've got a red shouldered here that's very near these markings.
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Old Jul 13, 2009, 4:19 PM   #5
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It's hard to tell. Here is a link with various hawk pictures:

http://www.birdphotography.com/

This one most closely resembles (at least to me) what they call a Ferruginous Hawk, but I only guessing based on a few pics.
Thanks for the link Jerry, I bookmarked it.
It is similarbut, I think Penolta hit it on the head. Coopers hawk
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GW, from what I can see of it, I don't see how it could be anything but a Cooper's Hawk - probably a large female to take something as large as a crow. Cooper's and the other accipiters are all bird hawks.

Thank you Sir!
I believe you're correct, From what I saw with my eyes and captured with the camera that would almost have to be it. The red eye and the lack of yellow or orange on the beak excludes it from being other similar species. I wasn't sure if the bared tail was natural or shadows from the tree branches
, now I know. Thanks again
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how tall is this guy??
does he hunt from a perch or by flight?
i've got a red shouldered here that's very near these markings.
Roy, Hard to say how tall he was but... around a foot tall. I'd say slightly smaller than an Osprey, if that helps.
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There is a yellow cere at the base of the bill, as there should be, but the tail is too long and too widely barred to be a Redshouldered, but it is one of the possibilities to be eliminated. Size can be difficult to estimate - this one individual could be as long as 20 inches, and the Osprey and Red-shouldered only an inch or so longer, but the Coopeer's is much thinner, and so looks smaller.

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We have a Cooper's very similar to that one that visits our bird feeder rather frquently! A tough bird to photograph - so quick and so observant (of us...)
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GW,

This is much like the R S Hawk picture I posted several weeks ago. The bird spent most of the time obscured by branches but did step out long enough to get a picture and an ID.

Cooper's Hawk is a good guess on this one.

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