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A Neat Harlan's Record

21 July 2014 Written by
Check out this juvenile Harlan's. It was caught at Braddock Bay, NY in the spring of 2003 (where I spent the spring of 1994, 1996, and 1997, and would love to get back to). This is a rare occurrence that far East, but there are a few records. The neat…

Hawk tail feathers

19 July 2014 Written by
Someone (who has a permit to hold onto feathers) shared this raptor tail with me. He knew exactly what hawk it came from because the hawk had passed away (sadly), and asked me if I could guess what species the feathers were from. I thought I'd share the feathers with…

Hawk Behaviors

16 July 2014 Written by
Why are California and Florida Red-shoulders are so tame compared to Eastern Red-shoulders. It is an interesting question, and one that is really difficult to answer. I've heard theories over the years on why certain birds are "tamer" than others but none of the theories ever made exact sense. Some…

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15 July 2014 Written by
Finally, we have enabled "guest commenting" on Disqus, the comment software used on the HWI Blog. No signing up required. Just choose a name and email address, and you can comment without passwords and creating profiles. Thanks for your patience, and please.... comment away!!!! -HWI staff

Swainson's Hawk bibs

13 July 2014 Written by
Cathy Sheeter sent me a photo (shown here) of a mated pair of Swainson's Hawks and it gave me an idea for a blog post. The bird on the right lacks a complete bib, but it is still an adult. This is something that occurs on some adults, and of…

Golden Eagle Refresher

11 July 2014 Written by
Fall migration will be here soon, and birders love to discuss the ages of eagles that pass by their local hawk watches (I love it too). Ageing Golden Eagles to a specific year can be difficult (even in the hand) and there is quite a bit to know to be…