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My Favorite Hawk Watching Site -- The Goshutes!

22 May 2015 Written by
I tell people this all the time: "If you like watching hawks, you NEED to visit the Goshutes!" Why? Because the close-up birds combined with the scenery make it the most astounding site to watch migration. There are places that see more hawks of course, but the Goshutes sees lots…

What's Your Favorite Hawk Watching Site?

17 May 2015 Written by
I always like hearing about other people's favorite places to watch hawks. So, I'm asking for you to post in here and let me know what your absolute favorite place is to watch hawks in fall, spring, or winter. Let me know what makes that place special, and also let…

Vulture Fun Fact

13 May 2015 Written by
Did you know that vultures have a keen sense of smell? This is unique among birds, since most birds have a very weak sense of smell. Some people wonder if some birds can smell at all….but then why would they have nostrils? If you ever see a vulture up close,…

Rough-legged Hawk Hybrid or Not?

11 May 2015 Written by
I was shown this bird years ago (photographed in December 2000 by Jeff Poklen -- thanks Jeff), and was wondering if anyone was interested in commenting whether they thing it is a hybrid Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk x Rough-legged Hawk or not. Or, if anyone thinks it could be a hybrid…

Caracara is a Falcon?

05 May 2015 Written by
Every wonder why the heck the Crested Caracara is considered a falcon? It doesn't make sense at first glance, they don't look or act like a falcon. They hang out with groups of other Caracaras, vultures, and buteos, they run on the ground, they eat carrion, they lack pointed wings,…

Two Neat Hawks

28 April 2015 Written by
I wanted to share a few birds that I thought were interesting. Wouldn't you know I just blogged about juvenile Cooper's Hawks showing feather wear on their head and upperside and sometimes show superficial Goshawk-like eye-lines and pale upperwing mottling as a result (http://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/882-two-neat-hawks). Well, here is a perfect example…