Unidentifiable bird?

by Deb Prouty
(Poulsbo washington, usa)


Gray and white, and looks pretty big. Just stared back at me. Looks like a unibrow. Lol.

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Dec 03, 2014
Unidentifiable Bird
by: John P

I agree with Brook that picture is not of best quality as background is dark and bird does not stand out well.

I had to expand picture a number of times to see shape of head and size of bird on the limb and then could better see gray white body with streaks as Deb has described.

Size of bird appears to be much taller and with larger girth than a Dove or Robin.

Based on size of tree limbs it is sitting it appears to be a large bird and does not appear to have similar markings of Dove or Robbin.

Deb also indicated her husband said this bird got a squirrel which would appear to point toward a hawk of some type or a larger bird of prey.

I know sometimes I wish I could get better pictures of birds in my yard but I am too often not in a great position to take a picture and are afraid of scaring them off so sometimes we unfortunately have to settle for what we can get.

I guess one thing we can all agree on is that it is really neat to see the variety of birds that can be seen showing up in yards all over the US and be able to try to help each other out in trying to identify them.

Thank you all for sharing your bird watching stories, pictures and input!

John - Cottage Grove, MN


Dec 03, 2014
unidentifiable bird?
by: Brook

I am curious about the quality that I am seeing on this picture. I can't see anything, it is extremely vague and I would not be able to tell if it were a dove, a robin or a hawk.

I had the resolution and graphics card turned way down on my PC. Can someone tell me how clear this picture shows up?

Dec 02, 2014
Unidentified Bird
by: John P

Just one additional comment:
If you google you tube video of "Goshawk having squirrel for breakfast" you will see a bird in action that has markings much like the bird in your picture.

John - Cottage Grove, MN

Dec 02, 2014
Unidentifiable Bird
by: John

Deb,

Your comment about this bird consuming a squirrel is very interesting!!

I saw the Osprey also when rechecking the hawks in your area. I also saw one diving for food once in northwestern Wisconsin.

The Osprey however does not appear to have the streaked markings like your bird and they are usually the type of bird that will drop down out of the sky and dive for fish in lakes and other larger bodies of water.

The one I saw one time was in the Trego flow age near Trego, Wi and dives under water and comes back out with fish!

There is a Northern Goshawk that looked more similar to your bird's markings and is in the hawk family.

At any rate, I think the comment about it getting a squirrel is telling because it would tend to point more toward a bird of prey that is likely in the hawk family as it is preying on smaller land animals for food.

John - Cottage Grove, MN

Dec 02, 2014
Hawk
by: Deb

Yep, it's a hawk, my husband just saw it consume a squirrel.

Dec 02, 2014
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by: Deb

I wondered if it was an osprey?

Dec 02, 2014
Goshawk??
by: John

In checking further into hawks in Washington area the Goshawk has markings very similar to this bird.

John - Cottage Grove, MN

Dec 02, 2014
Unidentifiable Bird - Hawk of some type?
by: John

Based on the size of this bird and streaks running through the body I am wondering if this bird might not be a hawk of some type prevalent to Washington.

Appears this larger bird is perched on a branch of a pine tree like it maybe be surveying the area below for smaller prey on the ground.

Has very unique markings light gray to white body with darker streaks running through.

Would be interesting to know the exact species of bird that this one is.

John - Cottage Grove, MN

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