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dukw_butter

Colorado Rocky Mountain Accipiter?

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My neighbor saw this bird today in North Turkey Creek canyon, near Morrison, Colorado.  He said it was a large bird, about the size of a hawk, with a long tail and that it was making noises that sounded like 1) a kitten mewing 2) gurgling and 3) a seagull. 

 

My guess is from the long tail that it's an accipiter?  Maybe a Sharp-shinned or a Coopers?  He took a photo with his iPhone, but I brought it into photoshop and tried to lighten it up, enhance the color/saturation, and sharpen it up a bit.  Any guesses as to this bird's identity?

 

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Well, the photos are not identifiable, but it is an accipiter from that long tail and the call sounds like a description of a flegling Cooper's, so likely it is. But can't say for sure since the photos can't reveal the identity.

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Yep, that tail speaks volumes.... but not enough detail for the last chapter. 

 

I had an adult Coop here I watched for quite a while. I would drive up slowly with the window down and park my car near his perch (holding very still) and listen to him "talk". I named him Mumbles. Quite the variety of sounds.

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This is a young Red-tailed Hawk. With regards to the first bird, I'm not even sure it's a hawk -- I think I could turn that one into a Steller's Jay as well as a Coop.

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Aha. THanks for the feedback.  I was reasonably sure that the bird in flight was a Red-Tailed Hawk, once I looked at it up close.  As for the bird in the tree, my neighbor took that picture.  And we do have lots of Stellar's Jays up here.  And they do make a very good hawk impression.

 

I'm now beginning to believe that the bird I've been hearing up here lately is, in fact, this Red-Tailed Hawk.  But what throws me is the sound that he makes.  I'm familiar with the loud shriek of a mature Red-Tailed Hawk, and even the sound of a Stellar's Jay immitating the same mature hawk screech.

 

But this bird is making a very different sound.  It's more like a high-pitched whine repeated about 10 times in a row.  Aft first, I thought it was a seagull making the noise.  I'm guessing maybe it's an immature bird?

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