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#1 Guest2012

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

I'm trying to identify the hawks in these pictures. The hawks nest in a tall pine tree in Norton, Massachusetts. For scale in the picture of the fledgling, the bricks are 8-12 inches in height. Thanks!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Welcome to Whatbird!!! :)

are you sure both pictures are of the same bird?

The first birds is a Red-shouldered Hawk, the second almost looks like a Red-tailed Hawk

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I should have been more specific. They are two different hawks but are from the same nest. The hawk with the snake is an adult/parent and the hawk on the ground is the fledgling from the same nest.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

Both photos look good for Red-shouldered Hawks. A Red-tail wouldn't have so much streaking high on the breast and would show a more defined belly-band.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

Agree with red-shouldered for both. Cool pics!!!

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

Cool pics indeed! What a treat for you to be able to observe something like this!
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

Very interesting...could you post more photographs of the young bird and both adults?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:17 AM

Agree with red shouldered.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:46 AM

Agree with bothe Red-shouldered Hawks.
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