Can't figure out what kind of hawk this is!
Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:01 PM
We are pretty sure it is a juvenile of one of these three birds: Cooper's Hawk, Red Shouldered Hawk, or Red Tailed Hawk. We live in New Jersey along the Delaware River, and while we technically live in the suburbs, our particular area is fairly heavily forested and slightly marshy, if the location matters. My mom said she heard it scream, which our books say is more of a red tailed hawk thing, and they are the more common hawk in our area, but we wanted to make sure and I figured you all would be a great help!
Here is the original not cropped version of the above image, if it helps with size comparison:
The playground equipment is fairly small, if that helps.
Thanks for your help!
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:21 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:27 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:18 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:29 AM
Bird feeders are considered winter habitat for Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks.
Funny you should say that. I've gotten them in the winter before, but lately I've got one regularly in mid-summer (Cooper's). I'd guess the books say "winter feeders" because more people feed in the winter than year-round.
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