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ID This Raptor

Discussion in 'Birds' started by jfenton, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    I thought initially that this was red tail, however when it eventually flew off, I was no longer convinced...unless it's simply a light colored one?

    I'm at work and of course...the bird book is home.

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  2. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    My limited knowledge guess would a red tail or a marsh hawk.

  3. Baywing


    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    Can't tell you what it is, other than a hawk, but it's not a redtail. I should know, looks familiar, but just can't place it.
  4. Jim,
    Looks to me to be a Gryfalcon.
  5. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Well Geez....

    You guys are a lot of help!

  6. Without knowing the size of the bird and the look of the underwing I would say it is a sharp shinned hawk. I have looked in my bird guide and this is the best I can come up with. The breast coloration is obviously going through some phase making it difficult at best to ID. The beak, feet and tail feathers looks like a Sharp Shinned as does the colored breast feathers.
  7. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Thanks Gordon

    It was definetly smaller and less robust than a red tail and it was bigger than a coopers.

    Sharp shinned never even crossed my mind, but I'll bet that you nailed it.

    Thanks :) 
  8. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Ron Reznick Nailed It

    Apparently a "light eastern morph juvenile red tail"

    Here is another photo I found elsewhere aftern being pointed to it....

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  9. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I don't know. But it is a beauty. good job
  10. Very nice image Jim!! :D  :D  :D  :D 
  11. Bubba


    Apr 12, 2005
    I wish I could give you all the specs but I can say that is one fine specimen and a terrific shot. I like birds in general but am completely enamoured with raptors. Thanks for the fix :D 
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