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Type of Hawk?

Lemont, IL

Hello! I can't figure out what kind of hawk or other raptor this might be. The distinct quality are the bright red colored feathers on the back. It doesn't look like any pictures I've seen of a red shouldered hawk. The picture isn't the greatest, I was using my phone camera. This was in a suburb southwest of Chicago, Illinois. Any guesses would be great, thanks!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Red-tailed Hawk, juvenile. It has wing tags on, in the hope of tracking its migration, etc. If you can get some better pics, you should be able to read the letter / number on the tags, and find out where it has come from. A bit like banding, but more visible.

Here's a pic showing a similar tag on a Red Kite in Britain: http://www.redkites.net/section81053.html


Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

Cool sighting! I had no idea about these tags. I hope you get to see it again and get a shot where you can read the tags.

Lemont, IL

Wow! Very interesting. I saw this while at work so I only have my phone on me to take pictures. I will keep an eye out. I was told by someone else that this was a red shouldered hawk, but I didn't really think so based on what I have looked up.

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