[CT Birds] Fwd: Hawk id question, please?
ashippee at snet.net
Mon Feb 16 19:05:27 EST 2015
Tx. for several suggestions.
A search took me to http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/red-shouldered_hawk/id, where the similar species picture shows a juvenile Red-tailed with quite a grey face and possibly similar tail -- so what I saw might well be RTHA; it's certainly too close to call.
RSHA's eye seems quite distinct, too: from the photos, it looks big in the head, and is black, unlike the RTHA. (I can't recall the eye I saw, but I might have noticed the beady eye.)
So, alas, at best Buteo sp. Thanks!
Begin forwarded message:
> From: greg hanisek <ctgregh at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Hawk id question, please?
> Date: February 16, 2015 at 6:02:43 PM EST
> To: Arthur Shippee <ashippee at snet.net>
> Reply-To: greg hanisek <ctgregh at yahoo.com>
> Red-shoulder would be my guess from our description.
> On Monday, February 16, 2015 5:36 PM, Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 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!
> Thanks, Arthur
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