Hawks in the Treetops
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:27 AM
We get a lot of redtails here with the occasional bald and golden eagles. The distinct coloration of the underside of the wing really caught my eye and made me question if it was really a redtail. There is a lot of variation from bird to bird and season to season but this one seemed distinctly different.
I'm in the mountains of northeast Washington, almost to the Canadian border.
<a href="http://www.flickr.co...02/8526291593/" title="Redtails by Bertrice, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticf...dcb085962b.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Redtails"></a>
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:55 AM
i dont think 2 hawks of different species would sit side by side in a tree like that without some kind of confict.
its too small for golden eagle
Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:04 PM
Both look good for Red-tailed to me. Dark one looks a tad smaller, which would make it the male. Rough-legged would show feathered legs and white in the tail. Pretty sure I can see red in that tail, too.
Agreed. Nice photo!
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:40 PM
According to the seasonal maps in one of my books, the Broad Winged is only in the eastern half of the US, and mostly in summer. (That would be a lifer for me.)
The possibility of a dark phased Rough Legged actually matches with my winter map for this location (WA state in the BC/ID corner) and certainly resembles the standard illustration more so than the Red Tailed, but again there's that thing of sitting peacefully together. A RL would also be a lifer for me.
I'll be keeping my eyes out for more visits. Activity is picking up as spring is creeping in early. Redtails are already checking out last year's nest and there are more voles, mice, and gophers than just my dog can take care of. I have wide open views to the south and west whenever I am at my computer...which is a lot.
Thanks again for all your info!
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