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#1 creeker

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 09:50 AM

What are they? Why are they here?



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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:15 PM

Left-right, bottom-top

Bald Eagle, Red-Tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Downy Woodpecker? Hairy Woodpecker?

Were they being tagged?



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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:42 PM

All of these birds appear to be birds of prey.

(top to bottom, left to right)

Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk. 



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Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:48 PM

Good Madeline, you only missed one, and it is the toughest to ID because you can't see much of it.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:19 PM

Hmm....I'm not sure....Peregrine Falcon?

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:36 PM

Not a falcon.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:36 AM

Sharp-shinned Hawk.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 03:56 PM

Close Madeline. The answer is right before your eyes.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 04:40 PM

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:25 PM

Wow, I am very surprised by these answers. My size perception was way off. When I first saw the birds, I thought they were about killdeer-sized... And, now, it appears that two of those "killdeers" are red-tailed hawks!


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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:46 PM

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 The very bird! What is it? Madeline did an excellent job. Liam was right in that they were being "tagged," actually banded. The hawks are kept in these tubes (cans) to keep them quiet and to keep them from hurting themselves. They were all trapped and released that morning. It is open to the public. Here is a link if you want to see what the event is all about.

 

http://www.wildlife-.../hawkwatch.html



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Posted 21 February 2011 - 09:59 AM

creeker:

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 The very bird! What is it?

Is it another Red-Tailed Hawk?



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Posted 21 February 2011 - 11:35 AM

Ah.......okay.  I thought it looked too small for a Cooper's!

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 02:50 PM

It was a very small male Cooper's. Cooper's are way more common than Sharp-shinned here. I have seen hundreds of Cooper's and they reside here year round. Sharp-shinned are Winter visitors. I have only positively ID'd one. So just to review, the bottom three are Red-tailed Hawks, Upper right is a Red-shouldered hawk, upper left a Cooper's Hawk.




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