Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An Unsual Visitor

I was surprised this morning by a large blur overhead and a great commotion in some low trees. When I went to investigate, I found this lovely creature hunting squirrels that were hiding on an ivy-covered building.

A surprise guest, much less interested in me than I was in him (or her).

Does anyone know precisely what sort of hawk this is?


The conclusion is that the picture above is an immature Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). We have, it seems, a few of them as residents on campus. Here are a couple of (somewhat less dramatic) shots I managed to get. This guy is considerably larger than his immature friend (though his friend is probably now about this size).



Blogger GazzaK said...

kind of hawk... a big one

Pretty cool, I want a pet one

Tue Oct 20, 12:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger chargrill said...

It looks like a goshawk.

Tue Oct 20, 01:23:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Eli said...

Try using this website:

Tue Oct 20, 01:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger simcop2387 said...


from that site that Eli posted looks like its likely this guy.

Tue Oct 20, 06:51:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Gwen said...

looks like it might be a female broad winged hawk - not sure but I think the males have more brown on the chest.
Beautiful bird though. Usually see them on fence posts around farms.

Tue Oct 20, 09:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Clay Berkley said...

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis) - you can actually see the rufous tail in this photo. Coopers' have a long tail, are blue-grey or brown-grey (depending on age) on top, and streaked horizontally with reddish pinstripes on underside. Coopers' are acccipiters and Red-tails are true buzzards.

Wed Oct 21, 10:59:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous CB said...

One more serious birder friend offers the same ID with slightly different reasons:

"Looks like a juvenile Red-tail. Probably one of this year's , with a yellow eye and a banded tail. Next year the eye will become brown and the new tail feathers will be the red-brown that gives it the name. Probably weighs close to 2 lbs."

These bird people are wonderful.

Thu Oct 22, 11:41:00 PM EDT  

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