cant decide what it is
Posted 28 July 2005 - 01:49 PM
Posted 28 July 2005 - 11:17 PM
David and Simon will be back tomorrow from a birding trip and I am sure they will be able to answer your post. In the meantime I tried to narrow it down in the search engine using the following attributes and values:
I wonder if its the Sharp-shinned Hawk?
Posted 30 July 2005 - 01:27 PM
Assuming that your bird is a hawk, I think it could be a Red-shouldered Hawk. You didn't say anything about where you live or the kinds of habitat around your house, but this species is fairly widespread and it likes to live around ponds and streams so it is likely to be in your area.
The Red-shouldered Hawk is the only hawk that has reddish underparts and a black and white back. It has the same general shape as a Red-tailed Hawk but is much smaller and is usually extremely vocal.
Other hawks with reddish underparts are Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks, but they both have uniformly blue-gray upperparts and relatively long tails. You can look for these features on your bird.
Best of luck and forward some pictures if you get a chance!
David Lukas and Simone Whitecloud
Posted 01 August 2005 - 01:05 PM
Posted 01 August 2005 - 03:16 PM
How large is fairly large? You mention that it's a hawk-like bird, so this implies that it's a good-sized bird. A Red-shouldered Hawk is a decently large bird, one I saw yesterday was noticeably larger than the crows that were chasing it.
David and Simone
Posted 13 August 2005 - 08:39 AM
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