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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Hawk ID, please


OK, I've been hearing lots of hawk cries in the skies, it must be time for the juveniles to leave home, find mates, and (we can only hope) plunder the local population of rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks.

I hear the same cry several times, quite close, so I step out to look. On top of the utility pole across from my driveway, I see this raptor immensely enjoying what looks like the late Mr. Red Squirrel.

Through the trees, hand-held, this was the only sight angle, so apologies for the clutter, and the cable.

I've looked, and it seems that this might be a rough-legged hawk, but anyone know? This is southeast Michigan.

And these are heavily-cropped, from my 7D and 400 f/5.6, jpegs.





This is some really rich pickings. Mondo buffet territory. I might settle down.







Yum, red squirrel.







Bottoms up.







Now to clean up, and go tell the babes I've got this great location.




Aug 23, 2014 at 07:53 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Hawk ID, please


Looks like a Swainson's Hawk


Aug 23, 2014 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Hawk ID, please


Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.


Aug 23, 2014 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Hawk ID, please


Yep, juvenile RT


Aug 24, 2014 at 02:00 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Hawk ID, please


That makes sense, as I'm hearing and seeing in the skies, red-tailed hawks.

Unfortunately, when this one flew off, it flew away, not overhead, so I couldn't get images of the underside.



Aug 26, 2014 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Hawk ID, please


juv. red-tailed

bars across stomach, proper tale and look

also those hawk calls are made, afaik, only by red-tailed hawks



Aug 26, 2014 at 02:08 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Hawk ID, please


Only r-t makes those calls? Good bit of info to have.

So, tell me about the feathered legs. That is just a juvenile thing, and they grow out of them? Like and awkward teenage haircut?



Aug 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Hawk ID, please


I didn't know that only Red Tails make that sound...that means what we have in our 'hood are red tails...

Maybe the extra feathers on the legs act as stabilizers when they are still learning to fly....not likely...



Aug 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM





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