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Old Jan 15, 2005, 3:32 PM   #1
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I heard a commotion in my back yard this morning and saw this guy having breakfast...
I think he's a ferruginous hawk, but I'm no bird expert. He let me take a couple of photos before he took his meal elsewhere.

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Old Jan 15, 2005, 3:34 PM   #2
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His "meal" was some other unidentifiable bird.
He was quite aware of my presence, so I couldn't get a good angle on him.
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Hi Mactek,

Even though it was hard to approach those are some nice shots. I believe that it's Juvenile Sharp-shinned hawk. Or juvenile Coopers hawk. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Still, nice candid shots of a raptor eating it's prey. Very cool.

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Old Jan 15, 2005, 6:22 PM   #4
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Hi Mactek,

Even though it was hard to approach those are some nice shots. I believe that it's Juvenile Sharp-shinned hawk. Or juvenile Coopers hawk. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Still, nice candid shots of a raptor eating it's prey. Very cool.

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Thanks for the help trying to ID it. I looked at a list of hawks in Oregon and the "ferruginous" was the only one that seemed to match the head shape and the beak. It has yellow on the top and lower sides of the beak. I agree that it was likely a juvenile. I was surprised at how small it was.
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 10:21 PM   #5
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I was surprised at how small it was.

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That's a clue that is was probably a Sharp-Shinned Hawk they are smaller than the Coopers.

It's always a challenge to ID a new bird. But, that's half the fun.

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Good catch on getting one of these guys chowing down.
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