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Is this a fledgling hawk

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#1 dhrich1



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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:38 AM

I live in Jacksonville, Fl bordered on 3 sides by houses and a small area of woods with a small stream in the back.

Sorry these are the best shots I can get.

This bird was perched on the conduit for a floodlight under my awning. I cannot get a shot of his head. The two better shots are of its tail and back. The third and poorest quality shot is of its front/belly which appears tan with no spots/markings. These pictures were taken at night with floodlight on and no flash. When I turned the light out and used a flash the bird flew away. The base for the floodlight is 4 inches in diameter and the conduit is 1 inch in diameter.

We often see Red Tails and Red Shoulder Hawks and have Barred Owls and Eastern Screech Owls as well.

I am leaning toward a fledgling Red Tailed Hawk.

I appreciate any help in identifying it that you can provide.


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#2 meghann



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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:34 PM

With that small of a size, (hawks fledge at full size) and that tail, I'm leaning towards a Carolina Wren, actually.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 05:02 PM

Yes, it's a Carolina wren. A fledgling hawk is pretty much the same size as an adult hawk.

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