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Sharp-shinned Hawk Variant

26 August 2014 Written by
A point of ID came up yesterday that I'd like to talk about. We know that the undersides of the 3 accipiters in juvenile plumage can vary in extent of streaking, but to what degree? Most people think of Sharp-shinned Hawks as heavily marked underneath, but some juveniles (typically males…

Weekly Hawk ID Review 8-18

25 August 2014 Written by
Here are a few pics sent to me for ID this past week (Image #2 was sent a while ago and identified by the photographer - a top notch raptor person, but another well-known raptor person debated it. NO it wasn't Brian Sullivan...Brian would know this bird instantly). I say…

Grand Canyon's Global IBA Ceremony

25 August 2014 Written by
HWI's Yaki and Lipan Points raptor migration sites have long since been designated as Important Bird Areas (IBA) due to the high number and diversity of raptors and other avian species that migrate through the area. Our annual counts at these two sites documented some of the highest concentrations in the…

Juvenile Harlan's Tails

20 August 2014 Written by
I just wanted to post a few tails of JUVENILE Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks since the tail can be the clinching trait for identifying juvenile Red-tails as Harlan's. However, they are not always as distinct as adults are from the other races, and can cause a bit of confusion, especially the…

Weekly ID Review for August 11-17

18 August 2014 Written by
Here are a few pics sent to me for ID this past week (some were sent a while ago...). The photo by Chris Neri was identified correctly (Chris is a raptor nut), but he thought it would make for a good post. I think if we put our brains together…

Hawk Watchers Chime in on Optics

15 August 2014 Written by
I thought I would ask a few long-time hawk watchers I know a question, since I was personally interested in their answer. The question is "If you had only one choice of binocular (without the use of a scope) to watch hawks with, what pair would you prefer?" The answers…