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Swallow-tailed Kites!

16 August 2016 Written by
I've said many times that my favorite raptor is the Swallow-tailed Kite, and as difficult as it is to choose a favorite, if you've ever seen a Swallow-tailed Kite float effortlessly in the air, then you can't blame me for choosing. First of all, their elegant shape alone with their…

Red-tailed Hawk Eye Color Note

08 August 2016 Written by
I've seen a few mentions of eye color being used to age Red-tailed Hawks on the internet recently, so I thought I'd write a short blip relating to the subject (FYI - here is another related post http://www.hawkwatch.org/blog/item/988-eye-color-usually-matches-molt). Yes, it is true that 1st-year Red-tailed Hawks (and most buteos) have pale…

ID Adjectives

02 August 2016 Written by
I was thinking about the adjectives we use to describe certain (sometimes esoteric) aspects of bird identification. For instance, we can say an American Kestrel has "quick" wing beats compared to most raptors and that is pretty easy to see or undertand. But, if we say the wing beats are…

Golden Eagle Tails

28 July 2016 Written by
Here at HawkWatch, we are working on several Golden Eagle projects (i.e. http://hawkwatch.org/our-work/west-desert-raptors) and I thought I'd share a tidbit on one aspect of a particular project, which is ageing Golden Eagles to a specific year. Ageing Golden Eagles can be tricky because the amount of white in the wings varies…

Are You a "Watcher" or a "Toucher"

26 July 2016 Written by
The title of this post sounds like I am pitting bird banders against watchers, but I’m not of course. By the way, I happen to be both, and I am so glad that I had the interest and the opportunity early on to study birds in the field and up…

ID by Consensus

19 July 2016 Written by
Bird identification sites on the internet are a fun and wonderful part of birding these days. I wish the internet was around when I was starting out in birding, it is such a great learning and sharing tool. I find the internet the best way for me to disseminate information…