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Mothering Instincts of a Hawk

27 March 2015 Written by
I have heard birds of prey referred to, and even described in books, as "blood-thirsty." Yes, raptors hunt live animals in order to eat and survive, but I find that description extremely inaccurate, and unfitting. Check out this photo of a mother Red-tailed Hawk...this picture is a screen capture from…

"Adult" Golden Eagles in Flight

23 March 2015 Written by
Now that Golden Eagles are starting to migrate north in good numbers (just saw a bunch headed north along the Wasatch Mountains in Utah this week), I wanted to share a tip on ageing them in flight. Actually, this ‘tip’ isn’t a tip on how to age them…it is actually…

Forget the minutiae -- learn the basics well

16 March 2015 Written by
I was discussing hawk watching today with Jon Ruddy, and he mentioned how he is enjoying his local hawk migration count, and commented how he and Glen Hartle identified this goshawk (photo below) solely on shape. The photo is a perfect example of a bird typically viewed on migration. Note…

"Brown" Adult Cooper’s Hawks

11 March 2015 Written by
Years ago, I published the topside of this "browner" variant adult female Cooper’s Hawk (Image 1) in Birding magazine and the editor of Birding at that time received a somewhat barbed letter (I still have it) from Allen Chartier disputing the age as a juvenile instead of an adult. I…

Sub-adult Accipiters -- No Such Thing

09 March 2015 Written by
The term "sub-adult" is discussed frequently, and can be confusing because it is used in various ways depending on what you read or hear, and can have more than one meaning. So I thought I would discuss the term in regards to accipiters (and certain buteos). Also, some references have…

Eye Color in Raptors

06 March 2015 Written by
In case you didn't catch this story in our latest RaptorWatch newsletter, take a read. Make sure to sign up for our quarterly newsletters to get our latest updates and news. ________________________________  One interesting aspect of raptors is how eye color changes as birds age from juvenile to adult. In…