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#1 rkitt

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

1. Red-tailed hawk? This was a HUGE bird.


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2. Another red-tailed hawk? Different bird, not as large as the first one.


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3 & 4. Female American Kestrel? (Both pictures are of the same individual.)

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These were all taken in Northern Colorado.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

Yes, all confirmed! You can even see the red tail in the first pic.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

Thank you! That first hawk was so gigantic that I had to stare at it for a minute to be sure it was a real bird and not a decorations someone had put up. =D

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

From the back, Red-tails show a V shaped pattern of light colored speckles, and from the front, a band of stripes on the belly, both are good field marks to ID them.

There are 976 species on the ABA list. Looks like I've got a lot of birding to do....

Life List (World): 1094 species
ABA area: 634
Latest ABA lifers: Least Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet, White-eared Hummingbird, Ruff, Black-vented Shearwater, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Sinaloa Wren, Rufous-capped Warbler, Greater Sage-Grouse, Harris Sparrow, Tufted Duck, Red-throated Pipit, 
California: 348
Riverside County, CA: 256
2014 ABA: 409

2014 World: 669





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