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  • 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.




  • #2
    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
      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
        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
          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:


          • #6
            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
              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!
              I'm not a CPA.


              • #8
                I vote Redtailed Hawk too...we have loads of them around here.


                • #9
                  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



                  • #10
                    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
                      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!