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#1 Joe G

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 06:57 AM

Hello,

Over the holiday weekend I was in Arizona (mostly Phoenix). On Sunday before my flight out, we went walking in Papago Park, where I saw three hawks flying together. I've lived most of my life in Michigan, so many western birds are unfamiliar to me. Anyway:

Medium sized (just a bit larger than a raven), most gray wings, with rusty colored shoulders. White patch underneath at the base of the tail.

We were standing on a butte when the three of them flew low right over us, then slowly spiraled upward until reaching a certain altitude and heading off into the blue, single file at a rather large distance from on another.

Thanks in advance,

Joe



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Posted 28 November 2005 - 07:12 AM

I think I may have already answered my question. It looks like they were probably Harris's Hawks.

http://identify.what...rriss_Hawk.aspx

Any comments? They were certainly beautiful.



#3 David Lukas

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 07:47 AM

Sounds like you got it! And you also pointed out a unique feature of Harris's Hawks, that they occur in groups. This is a very social hawk, and in behavior they are unique among North American hawks.

They ARE beautiful and you're lucky to have seen them.

David and Simone






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