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Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby jbullard1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:10 pm

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 ?
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby Ironwood » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:30 pm

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.
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby jbullard1 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:37 pm

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
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby BigRic » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:26 pm

posably a red tail hawk
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby FireCloud » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:55 pm

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.

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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby terry08 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:29 am

I thought sparrow hawk also.
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby gtk » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:47 am

i was going to guess juvenile red-tail
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby Ironwood » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:03 pm

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.
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby jbullard1 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:14 pm

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
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby FireCloud » Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:47 pm

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.
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Re: Ironwood , Firecloud or anyone what is this bird

Postby jv » Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:04 pm

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.
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