[CT Birds] Hawk id question, please?
ashippee at snet.net
Mon Feb 16 17:36:23 EST 2015
A bird flew into a branch behind us, here in Hamden, & I got a bit of a look with binos.
It looked too small to be a Red-tailed Hawk, but too big & bulky for a Cooper's Hawk. The back was speckled, and there seemed a fair amount of streaking from the little I could see of the front. The back of the head seemed to have a fair amount of white speckling.
The face, around the eyes, seemed markedly dark gray, unlike the browner area around it. The bridge of the beak was bright yellow, but I gather this is pretty common. The end of the tail had a light, narrow band.
I'm thinking a Red-shouldered Hawk -- may one be confident in this? Esp'ly with the Backyard Bird Count on!
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