The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun. 18, 2007
    Posts
    4,059

    Default Name This Bird

    He was soaring at the back of my property this afternoon (some kind of hawk? Not flapping, soaring). I caught him just as he landed briefly. He definitely noticed me, but he had that arrogant "you mean nothing in my universe" air. I'd call him a strawberry roan, maybe 3-4 foot wingspan.

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/k...awk3092812.jpg

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/k...awk2092812.jpg

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/k...Hawk092812.jpg



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb. 12, 2002
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    707

    Default

    Probably first year Redtail - they don't have red tails till at least their second year. I'll have to ask my falconer hubby when he's done feeding.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 15, 2003
    Posts
    2,639

    Default

    His name is...Aloysius. There. He's named.
    Don't tell me about what you can't do. That's boring. Show me what you can do. - Mom



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2003
    Location
    Windward Farm, Washougal, WA- our work in progress, our money pit, our home!
    Posts
    6,931

    Default

    Juvenile Red Tail Hawk, common as Robins around here...they love the freeway medians here.
    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul. 3, 2012
    Location
    Twin Cities
    Posts
    2,157

    Default

    I always see them perched on something near the hayfield waiting for mice. One flew low over our outside ring this summer making its screaming noise & one horse (Arab, natch) looked straight up at it, almost pointing with his nose. It was kind of funny.

    This is a cool site b/c you can look at 'similar species' & different morphs if you aren't sure about what you saw:
    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/id#similar



  6. #6
    Join Date
    May. 21, 2012
    Posts
    1,349

    Default

    What a great series of pictures! They are such cool shots of his attitude- even if the quality isn't natl'geo.

    Looks like a redtailed hawk to me too.

    Early last spring there was one who often hunted field mice from on top of one of my fenceposts... there was another that was a lighter honey color. I assumed they were a pair, but didn't know who was who till one day I happened to be looking when one flew towards the other perched on a post- and I thought- "Where the heck does he think he's gonna land?" and wham bam thank you ma'am... I now knew which was the male and which was the famale. What a thing to witness!

    Anyway- there is a lot of color variation in redtails.

    And Suze! Your DH is a falconer!!?? How cool is that!? Does he do it from horseback too? (I'm still super impressed even if he doesn't) Do you have pictures of his bird/s? ... that doesn't sound right does it.?



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul. 19, 2007
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    1,066

    Default

    I also think it's a Red Tailed hawk...not cause I'm an expert or anything, but I just watched a show on television yesterday about them!



  8. #8
    Join Date
    May. 24, 2006
    Posts
    2,896

    Default

    I vote Redtailed Hawk too...we have loads of them around here.



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb. 14, 2001
    Location
    Lexington, KY--GO BIG BLUE!!
    Posts
    3,264

    Default

    I've seen an osprey fishing in ponds at a farm nearby. Hubby first thought it was a bald eagle-- but upon closer inspection it has a white head with black eye streaks. I didn't know quite what it was (it was NOT a redtail hawk!) but thanks to the link above I figured it out. The osprey has distinctive "M" wings when flying, and it flaps a lot compared to vultures and hawks. It is so neat to watch it fish-- diving straight down into the water, feet first, so fast and steep that it submerges itself. Then it flies up dripping with water, hopefully with a fish in its talons. The ponds are fully stocked with bass and bluegill, and with the dry summer the water level is way down (making for easy pickings). I didn't know we could have osprey here in central Kentucky, but it's a fascinating bird.
    “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
    ? Albert Einstein

    ~AJ~



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct. 1, 2002
    Location
    Cow County, MD
    Posts
    6,972

    Default

    Yep, red-tailed hawk. Did you know that their call is what is commonly used in TV/movies as an eagle scream?

    Best audio example I've hear is about halfway down this page: http://allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/sounds
    Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov. 16, 2004
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Posts
    5,530

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Emryss View Post
    His name is...Aloysius. There. He's named.

    ....that's what I was prepared to do! Beats the "need a show name" threads!



Similar Threads

  1. Injured bird - what to do?
    By dazed in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: May. 30, 2011, 08:06 PM
  2. Ever heard of this bird?
    By doublesstable in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Apr. 10, 2011, 11:57 PM
  3. Mine that Bird
    By farmgirl88 in forum Racing
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Jan. 13, 2010, 03:56 PM
  4. Dratted bird!!
    By vineyridge in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Jul. 16, 2009, 01:13 AM
  5. How to become a snow bird?
    By FoxChaser in forum Eventing
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: Jan. 29, 2009, 09:19 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •