Large Gray Bird

by Wayne Laubmann
(Pikwitonei MB CA)

I live in northern Manitoba and we saw a very large bird that was light gray. This bird was seen during the end of March when it is still cold.
The first impression is that it was an eagle because of the size. It wasn't an owl because of the head structure but I don't know what else it could have been. Some types of cranes are this color but they arrive later in the spring.
Maybe someone else can help. I did not take any photos and we seen them just the one time.

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May 04, 2015
Large Gray Bird NEW
by: Anonymous

The reason I reported the bird is because it is so out of place. When I spotted it I was still traveling on a winter road. I am in the far north and I hadn't seen geese yet(north of 55).
Readers suggested a heron or hawk. Both species have been seen here but not this time of year. Some cranes are also this color but the bird also lifted off from a tree.
This was the first spring bird I saw. Maybe someone knows of eagles or hawks that have this color. I'm curious.

May 04, 2015
Blue Heron?
by: JudyRanson-Seattle

My guess is a Blue Heron because of your emphasis on its size. Whenever I seeing one flying overhead, my first thought is always that it's an eagle. Then I see the wing shape is that of a Heron. You often can't see their long neck in flight because they don't have it stretched out.

May 03, 2015
Hawk?
by: Susan

It may have been a hawk. Being large and Gary doesn't give us much to go on. Sorry.

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