I'm guessing juv. Red-Shouldered since I can't find any other hawk with orange on it like this. Sorry, this is an iphone pix, I didn't have my camera with me.
Not even Red-shouldered Hawk ever has that bright a red on its wings. I suspect this is a Red-shouldered Hawk, but that the red here is actually a wing tag (put on by a researcher to track its migration, etc.), not part of the plumage.
Ah, Resin, you beat me to it. I was wondering if it was a tag similar to the one you mentioned in this thread ...
I wonder if it's the same bird? Both in Illinois. I don't know how close Whiteside County is to Lemont?
you know, I thought it might be a tag too, but it was on both sides and when it flew off, it really looked like it was a spread of feathers. Lemont is close enough I suppose.
I might have to go looking for this again to see if I can get some tag info.
PS. Found this on the IL bird forum. So perhaps a 2012 tagged bird.
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) and the National Wildlife Research Center have started a mark/re-sighting study on red-tailed hawks as part of the ongoing efforts to find non-lethal solutions to wildlife issues at airports.
For the mark/re-sighting study, we are marking roughly 200 birds/year for the next three years and relocating them 50, 75, 100, and 125 miles due west of a major airport in the Chicago region. This year the tags are green with white numbers ranging from 000 to 200. Next year (2011) they will be white with black numbers 000 to 200, and the following year (2012) orange with black numbers 000 to 200. We want to see if there is a difference in the return rates of the birds back to the airport, depending on how far away from the airport we move them. These birds will also be fitted with a metal USGS leg band.
If anyone observes these birds, please feel free to contact Craig Pullins (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (773) 686-6742 or Travis Guerrant (email@example.com) at (773) 686-6955. If possible, time, date and GPS location would be greatly appreciated, but any information you can provide would be helpful.
Wildlife Biologist, IL Wildlife Services
Wow. How cool to see one of the birds in the study! Very interesting. Let us know if you get additional info on the bird.