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Tricky Spring-time Cooper's Hawks

23 April 2015 Written by
A photo on facebook gave me the idea to post this collage of 4 Cooper's Hawks. The birds were photographed in April / May (years ago) and they all show a faded or worn plumage that makes them look superficially more Goshawk-like, and points out how juvenile Cooper's Hawks in…

Do Bald Eagles Nest Near Ospreys on Purpose?

17 April 2015 Written by
Is it a coincidence that Bald Eagles choose to nest close to Ospreys? I don't think so. We know that Bald Eagles are notorious for scavenging dead animals or stealing prey from other raptors, and it has been documented that Benjamin Franklin pushed for the Wild Turkey over the Bald…

Best Time To See Hawks

14 April 2015 Written by
A common question in spring and fall when hawks are migrating is: when is the best time of day to see hawks? This is a good question, but a difficult one to answer, or at least the answer takes a bit of discussion since it varies depending on the weather,…

Raptor Research

09 April 2015 Written by
I want to make a plea to birders and researchers of all levels and especially birders who are going to publish future blog posts, books, articles, etc. about birds. PLEASE research your subject thoroughly before making definitive, grandiose, authoritative, blanket statements. Also, make sure to study your subject at hand…

Spring Migrant Hawks & Molt

05 April 2015 Written by
It is spring migration time and hawks are moving north in big numbers now, so I hope you are lucky enough to visit a migration site to study up and enjoy some birds. I just wanted to talk about a topic regarding hawks in spring. Both juvenile and adult raptors…

Raptor Nestling Aggression

02 April 2015 Written by
Christy from northern Utah sent us a question about raptor nestlings being aggressive and even killing one another, and asked why they would do this? For the most part, raptor nestlings are tolerant of each other, but it is different for eagles. Bald and Golden Eagles normally hatch 1-3 eggs,…