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  1. Rail sp.

    Seen in Georgia in a freshwater marsh. Habitat would suggest King. Bird responded to King Rail call (Clapper Rails do this too, though.... from my experience that means relatively little). It looks dark to be a Clapper Rail, but certainly looks more like a Clapper than a King. Hybrid? Confused Clapper in different habitat? Any thoughts? EDIT to update: When I say 'freshwater' marsh, it certainly was not much further inland than the coastal spartina marshes, so it is still a location on the coast. Still, it is what I would call a freshwater marsh ecosystem, dominated by cattails instead of spartina. Rail Sp. by Birder Coool, on Flickr
  2. Another Accipiter

    I agree with Coopers as well.
  3. Sharp-shinned? Red-shouldered??

    FWIW, I agree with male Coopers.
  4. raptors sparrows swifts & mammals

    It's also useful for differentiating buteo species....for example Red-shouldered hawk has 5 and broad-winged hawk has 4. I would like to challenge the Sharp-shinned hawk call on this one though. When a bird is seen from the side like this, it is always tempting to call it a SSH because the wings will look bent and scrunched up...but in reality any accipiter from this angle will probably look that way. I would lean toward Coopers Hawk here because the head looks proportionally large, and the what I can make out of the wings makes me think they are long (so it's not so much bent at the wrist like a sharpie would hold its wings, instead the wings are just long and not held completely straight in the glide and look more curved from the angle). A good amount of white at the tail tip might suggest coopers as well, but I don't believe that's a field mark that deserves too much attention (unless we are looking at juvenile accipiters in the fall when plumage is fresh). But I would not venture to say I am sure about this bird. Usually when we see birds like this, flight style can help!
  5. Hawk ID

    I agree with young red-shouldered hawk.
  6. Silhouette of raptor

    I was going to suggest RTH or RLH. But if someone can see the belly band and dark patagials well then that sounds good for Red-tailed hawk.
  7. hawk flying low ... and in to a bush full of birds

    Yes looks good for Coopers.
  8. Cooper's or Red-taiiled?

    Agree with Red-tailed hawk.
  9. Any guesses on this hawk (crow?)

    Yes absolutely a Golden Eagle. Congrats!
  10. Rails

    I think they're all Virginia Rails, but really not sure about 5....
  11. Hawk in Tree

    Third for juvenile Coopers Hawk.
  12. Golden Eagle

    Yes, agree with Bald Eagle.
  13. Hawk help please

    Yes, young Coopers Hawk.
  14. White-winged Scoter?

    Yes, scoter like bird with white patches in the wing should clinch it as far as I know.....
  15. Raptors N' Ducks

    1) I think so. 2) Yes, Common Merganser. 3) Yes, Bald Eagle (probably a second or third year). Too much scattered white on the wing and head and bill way too big for Golden. 4) Looks like a Peregrine with those pointed wings, mustache, and bulky build. 5) Dunno. I'd rather let someone else take this...I don't deal with that distinction b/c I only have birded in the east....