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Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:10 pm
by jbullard1
This fellow has been around for a good while I've seen it catch a few prey animals but haven't had the opportunity to video or get pictures of them. Well I do have a video of it eating something in the pond but can't upload it because of the size

Here it is eating something after a catch

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A better shot at the pond

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And a short Video of my friend

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Does anyone know What it is ?

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:30 pm
by Ironwood
Jerry, I'm sorry but I just can't tell what hawk it is. I do think it's any immature one which makes it even harder.

I couldn't get the video to open. That could be my old computer.

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:37 pm
by jbullard1
Yes it is immature but is very active hunting here It even goes around the edge of the pond for kills I'm thinking frogs

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:26 pm
by BigRic
posably a red tail hawk

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:55 pm
by FireCloud
Jb, it's hard for me to tell for sure what hawk it is since the photos don't have a very clear resolution. I'm guessing you shot them through a window pane.

However, my first impression on seeing the photos was that it is a sparrow hawk, one of the common hawks you might see in our area. These hawks tend to run a little smaller than the red tailed hawks, which are easy to distinguish by their rust red feathers.

Here is a photo of a typical sparrow hawk. See if it matchs the bird you have been seeing.

sparrowhawk-2.jpg

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:29 am
by terry08
I thought sparrow hawk also.

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:47 am
by gtk
i was going to guess juvenile red-tail

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:03 pm
by Ironwood
If I had to make a guess I would guess it might be a Merlin or better know as a Pigeon Hawk. The face pattern not being very distinctive and the broad tail stripes. The sort of spotted breast instead of streaks. But, like I said with what we have to work with it's almost impossible to tell for sure. The Merlin does like to hunt for frogs.:) And, then again it could very well be a Sparrow Hawk.

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:14 pm
by jbullard1
Whatever it is I hope it hangs around It seems to like hunting close to the cabin I did witness it a few weeks ago eating a frog at the pond but I'm sure a lot of birds would catch a frog.
I still feel it is a young bird

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:47 pm
by FireCloud
I have three red tailed hawks that routinely hunt on my land, especially up and down the creek. One day this week I drove into my drive to find one of the red tailed hawks sitting in an oak in my side yard until I pulled up. My guess is he was interested in my baby kitten for his dinner.

Two of the red tails are mature hawks and the third is a younger bird, likely from the parents. The hawks do enjoy being around human quarters, it seems. I suspect they find more mice or other small animals lurking near houses than they would find in the forest. I see them fairly often close to my house and have even had one of them light on a limb on one of the trees supporting my deer stand not six feet away from where I was sitting. I was hidden from its view at the time inside the stand. What is obvious is that hawks are not too frightened of human structures or activity, at least not the urban hawks that live here.

Hope you can get some more pictures of the hawk, JB. They are beautiful creatures to watch and photograph.

Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:04 pm
by jv
I love to watch hawks flying over fields looking for a meal.....right now they could have a field day in my yard, we have hundreds of tree frogs.