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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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I don't know why hawks seem difficult to me.  There aren't that many different kinds.  This is likely just a plain red-tailed hawk, but its tail doesn't look that red to me like pictures I see when I google red-tailed hawks.  Seen north of Richmond, VA, Nov 10.

Thanks, Scott H

Red Tailed Hawk

 

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Agree on SS Hawk.

One of the first things to look for in hawk ID is the overall shape and that one has a long tail. If you saw it fly it would have short wings. That combo narrows it down to Accipiters... and then the often tricky part comes in trying to specifically identify them.

Then ask yourself why an Accipiter would have wings and tail like that. Because they typically hunt in forested areas where the short broad wings gives them bursts of speed and the long tail helps them steer through the bush.

These birds also typically fly - when not pursuing prey - with a few wingbeats then a glide, repeated.

 

 

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Would you mind posting the photo again?  When the photo is deleted like this, not only are you not able to get a third confirmation, but no one can really learn from this thread anymore.

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57 minutes ago, scotthubbard17 said:

My apologies.  I wanted to rename it and accidentally broke the link.

Oh, I see.  And I agree with Sharpie.  Told apart from a Cooper's Hawk by its small, rounded head, bug-eyed appearance, and very thin legs.

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1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Oh, I see.  And I agree with Sharpie.  Told apart from a Cooper's Hawk by its small, rounded head, bug-eyed appearance, and very thin legs.

And the thick, "messy" streaking, whereas a Cooper's would have thinner crisper streaking. Agree with Sharp-shinned.

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2 minutes ago, Bird Brain said:

And the thick, "messy" streaking, whereas a Cooper's would have thinner crisper streaking.

Yeah, and if I'm not mistaken, this is a "teenager" which makes the streaking even messier.

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16 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

this is a "teenager" which makes the streaking even messier.

What do you have against teenagers? :P

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