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helenchild
Decatur, GA

May 25, 2013
3:12 PM

Post #9533794

Please forgive this terrible picture taken through a window from a distance. These two made an appearance at my feeder this morning while I was sipping coffee and reading email in my bed. Hmmm its a morning routine since I retired. Luckily my camera was at hand so I did what I could to get a picture. Anyway, I don't know what they might be. Can someone help?
Thanks,
Helen

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9533862

Red-tailed Hawk, immatures (young from 2012).

Resin
helenchild
Decatur, GA

May 26, 2013
4:47 AM

Post #9534216

Thanks Resin. We certainly have Red-tailed Hawks around but I didn't know they would still had juvenile plumage from last year. I wonder if they were looking for birds to eat or if they were considering some goldfish from the pond below!! I was hoping they were looking for rodents.
Helen

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2013
1:11 PM

Post #9534767

Yep, the young birds have juvenile plumage until they are about a year old.

Most likely after rodents, but maybe also frogs or reptiles. They will take birds rarely, but aren't well adapted for catching them. Fish, don't know!

Resin
buttercup42
Entiat, WA

June 3, 2013
6:32 PM

Post #9545227

Check out Merlin Falcon on the net. Couldn't get my pictures to upload but they winter at our house in WA st. from Aug.to March and they do eat birds. Formerly known as sparrow hawks and they do eat birds. Coloring is a bit different for both sexes. Smallest in the falcon family and so interesting to watch.
T_MF

June 10, 2013
11:02 AM

Post #9553650

These two are actually Red-shouldered Hawks (juveniles). The chest streaking is the field mark that rules out Red-tailed. Also, these birds show barring on their secondary flight feathers (also a Red-shouldered field mark). This barring gets more prominent in adult plumage. Red-shouldereds are the more likely Buteo to stalk feeders.
helenchild
Decatur, GA

June 10, 2013
4:19 PM

Post #9554055

Thanks T_MK for your input. I have heard others in the neighborhood say they see red-shouldered hawks get birds at their feeders. Probably a good choice.
bumpylemon
Millbury, MA

June 19, 2013
5:44 AM

Post #9564705

i agree with T_MF. these are Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9564816

Yep, looking again, Red-shouldered.

Resin

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