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Raptors Adapting to Injuries

27 July 2015 Written by
I got a call the other day from a birding friend and she mentioned she saw a Red-tailed Hawk that was missing an eye, but she also mentioned that the bird appeared healthy and was catching mice just fine. This prompted me to write about my experience with "injured" hawks.…

A Rough-legged Hawk in the U.S. in Summer?

20 July 2015 Written by
Is is possible to see a Rough-legged Hawk in summer in the lower 48? The answer is…yes, it is possible but extremely rare!!! So, if you think you see a Rough-legged Hawk in the US this time of year, to 2-ble check the ID and try to attain photos or…

Snakes vs. Lizards

14 July 2015 Written by
This post is not about birds, but I wanted to share it since it is a little tidbit about wildlife that is interesting. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is sometimes to see snakes or lizards in tall grasses or ground cover even when they are only a few…

Why Are Some Hawks More Wary Than Others?

07 July 2015 Written by
Did you know that some raptors are known for being shy and secretive, flying away from humans long before they even get near, while others are more tolerant of people. So, why is this? It is often thought that birds that originate from remote areas where there are no people…

Nesting No-no's

06 July 2015 Written by
Since it is summer and nesting season for birds, HawkWatch is receiving calls and questions pertaining to bird nests. So, we thought we'd discuss the best practices regarding approaching bird nests, or encountering fledgling birds. HawkWatch agrees with a 'no-nest' policy, meaning we never encourage anyone to approach an active…

Hawk ID Debate - Help us out!

27 June 2015 Written by
A birder from Texas asked my opinion on this hawk's identification, the bird is posted on the Texas listserv (photographed a few days ago in south Texas). SO, I responded without thinking twice about it, but.....seems I was in the minority on the ID. Most people said it was one…