Which Hawk?

by Marisa Bartolone
(Warren, MI, USA)

Hawk 1/19/13

Hawk 1/19/13

Hawk 1/19/13
Hawk 2

Hello,


This hawk has been visiting my neighbors yard infrequently since the spring. He never stays around very long. I was lucky enough to get a few quick shots of him through the window over this weekend. I live in Warren, Michigan. Can anyone tell what kind of hawk this is? What a gorgeous bird!

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Mar 08, 2013
Red-tailed hawk variation? NEW
by: GaryE

I have such a hard time identifying hawks because there are so many variations. I was first thinking a light phase Red-tailed Hawk because of the most fuzzy/feathery legs . . . but the coloration was not quite right. I then thought northern Harrier but that does not have those fuzzy legs so I discounted it.

I did a google image search for Red-tailed hawks and I found one from a reliable source that looks pretty similar to your bird (http://web4.audubon.org/news/pressroom/bacc/images/Red-tailed_Hawk_AshokKhosla1.jpg) the problem is that picture shows the legs as much more red but as I said there are so many color variations for red-tailed hawks it is very hard (for *me*) to discount it. If you do a google image search for red-tailed hawk you can find example of birds that match the legs, the pale breast, the fuzzy legs etc . . . just not on the same bird. So my best guess (and it is a guess to be honest) is that you do have a Red-tailed hawk but I am far far far less than certain (I would say I am 50% sure at best) but looking through my books that is my best guess.

So poke around a little and see if you agree.

Good Luck!

Gary

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