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  1. What kind of Hawk?

    Agree with RSH.
  2. Type of Hawk Sharpie? Coopers? Red Shouldered?

    Agree with Coopers Hawk.
  3. Coopers

    Yes, Coopers. Look at how big the bill looks and how small the eye looks on the head, too. Keep looking for the Sharp-shinned!
  4. What birds migrate South in January

    To answer the broad question in the title, many raptors do this too....Saw-whet owls will mostly stay as far north as a lack of snow cover permits (think how small they are) and usually it isn't until mid winter that we (here in souther NY) get a big influx of Rough-legged hawks. And water birds too, as mentioned, is also a big one. Usually once the great lakes start freezing over, you end up seeing a big push south.
  5. Which accipter

    That's a classic SSH in flight look. Notice small head and bulky wings that bulge a little at the body (compared to Coopers in flight).
  6. Another Accipiter ID

    This is a Coopers Hawk. You can't look for rounded back of tail, though. Only the front (underside) of the tail, and to see if the front tail feathers are shorter than the back ones (tail graduation, which would point to Coopers). But in this case the bird has a white tipped tail, and what I would call thick legs and a big head. Of course always easier when you see the front of the bird if it is a juvenile......
  7. Coopers

    Yes, this is a Coopers Hawk. Thin streaking and big head....
  8. Confirm/ID

    Yes, absolutely....they are under detected and then usually under reported. They can be tricky to ID and the ambition factor usually plays a big role....many birders turn Coopers and sometimes even young RSH and SSH into goshawks because that's what they want them to be....and with some exceptions, you usually know when you've seen a goshawk if you're being objective about it and have decent raptor ID skills. Anyway, that's one you may not see again for a while!
  9. Coopers or Sharp-shinned

    Big legs, big head, big bill, eye not center in head.....all the missing clues that say Coopers .....and then of course the nape being pale, which is the most diagnostic one of all. Anyway just be careful with what bug-like eyes really means.....we usually say that only because SSH eyes look more central (further from bill) in the head and perhaps a bit bigger than in CH.
  10. Confirm/ID

    And an especially GREAT BIRD for south central Kansas. Congrats! Only a handful of sightings on ebird in the last few years in the state...
  11. What hawk is this?

    Juv. Broad-winged hawk is usually lighter overall and has shorter tail, and this bird is the wrong shape for an accipiter (like a sharp-shinned or coopers). Among other differences mentioned above, but that's enough to get you to red-shouldered hawk in this case.
  12. Confirm/ID

    1 looks like a Red-tailed Hawk to me....but let a western birder with Swainson experience confirm that. 2 is a Northern Goshawk....with that big body, prominent white supercilium, long and tapering wings, and WIDE tail. Great bird! I'll pass on the rest.
  13. Raptor phots added, sorry

    Buteo like shape with long tail and random streaking patterns is enough to lead you to that ID in this case. Juvenile broad-winged hawk is the most similar but usually shows less (and thinner) streaking and a shorter tail.
  14. Cooper's or Sharp-Shinned?

    Going off of that, too....don't make the 'square vs. rounded' mistake here. It's easy to look at the third photo and say CH because of rounded tail. NOT TRUE. Only look at tail graduation and from the underside of the tail. I agree with sharp-shinned hawk. The dark nape in photo number one is a giveaway but so are the pencil thin legs.
  15. Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-shinned Hawk?

    I agree with adult Coopers Hawk. When looking at the tail, square vs rounded is not what you should be looking at....look to see if the front tail feathers are shorter than the back ones (tail graduation). This bird also fits into the 'flying cross' Id mark for CH....big head and straight, not tapering wings. Usually, from this angle SSH will show wings that bulge a little bit toward the body and overall look shorter, usually (not always) bent at the wrist, too. If you're confused by what I mean, check out this photo of a sharp-shined hawk: HawkIDquiz4 by Birder Coool, on Flickr
  16. Is this sharp shinned ?

    Agree with sharp-shinned hawk.
  17. Yet another Cooper's/Sharpie ID

    Head size, overall body shape, and what looks to be a probably dark nape (hooded, not capped look) are literally the only field marks listed on those websites you can really use with a photo from this angle though. But yet still, they all point toward a SSH. Yes, size is similar enough between male CH and female SSH that it should not attempt to be judged in the field....in fact you should NEVER use size as a field mark unless the bird is perched on an object of known size or perched or flying next to a bird of known size....even still, the photo angle and relative distance can mess you up and unless you were dealing with a male SSH or female CH, the difference would be too small. Tail tip shape: Don't use it here. Square vs rounded is less reliable than looking at tail graduation...because the feathers are subject to wear which could affect how the tip looks. By 'graduated', I mean that the birds toward the front of the bird are shorter than the ones in the back. So you'd need a more detailed photo to really see that. The white tip tail is only reliable for juvenile birds and in the fall, when plumage is fresh. Using it on adult birds in the winter can be careless if considered on its own.
  18. South TX: Accipiter

    Looks like a Cooper's Hawk to me.
  19. Bird from Varanasi

    This forum is for North American bird ID. There are others for other parts of the world. You might be better off trying it there as well? I for one won't try to ID a non North American hawk because I lack the field experience to ID the many other species.....but others on here have birded around the world.
  20. Hawk???

    Birding and hawkwatching aren't quite the same! Many long time birders on here and in the field struggle with accipiter ID, or think they have it perfected until shown otherwise haha (happens to me too)!! Don't be discouraged, it takes a lot of time specifically devoted to watching accips. and struggling to ID them in order to get good at it, and a whole career to perfect it.
  21. Little Blue Heron White Morph?

    Yes, white birds like that are just juvenile little blue herons. The 'great white heron' is probably more of a genetically distinct population or subspecies of the GBHE than it is a color morph in the conventional sense (as in you only find them regularly in a restricted part of the GBHE range). Not sure if they've quite sorted that out yet, though. Can't think of other herons with color morphs off of the top of my head, aside from the leucistic birds and perhaps some sexual dimorphism in some species. But maybe I am forgetting something? EDIT: Yes, Reddish Egret! Not in range here in NY so I don't always think of them....
  22. NE Florida duck-like bird?

    I say pied-billed grebe. Shape and bill both match a juvenile, to me.
  23. Share your best photo of the day!

    Not the ID forum.....but you should know that this is a green-winged teal, not an American wigeon. Nice photo, though!
  24. Accipiter

    Apparent head size is just a product of the angle the photo was taken. Whenever you take a photo of a bird flying away from you, keep in mind the head can look much bigger than it actually is. For an accip. photo from this angle, that doesn't look like a big head. Also, on juvenile accipiters in the fall and early winter, a lack of white on the tail strongly indicates sharp-shinned hawk. Use caution with this field mark and check out the following blog post: https://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/769-sharp-shinned-tail-tip
  25. Hawk???

    Big Head, big bill, thick legs are all good field marks here. From this angle sharpies usually look 'bug eyed' too but that's less of a field mark and more of a general observation. This is usually due to the fact that sharpies have their eyes placed more toward the center of their heads and can sometimes look bigger relative to the rest of the head than on a Coopers.
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