Date: 8/9/17 2:36 pm From: Larry McQueen <larmcqueen...> Subject: [obol] Re: In my backyard
This one is difficult to identify, as the image is not sharp. Also, the plumage does not look typical for any species. At first, I thought of immature Sharp-shinned because of the rounded head and not peaked and it is not capped with a darker crown as with Cooper’s. But the solid brown color of the head is unlike either species. Since the eye looks yellow, the bird is apparently an immature. The markings on the flanks resemble those of immature Sharp-shinned, but the bulk of the bird resembles a Buteo and not an Accipiter (sharp-shinned and Cooper’s), and gives the impression of being a larger bird. The bird does not show the markings of a Red-shouldered. I was suspecting a Broad-winged Hawk, which it most resembles, but the wing-tail ratio doesn’t quite match, and the Broad-winged usually shows more head markings.
I would have to see the living bird to make a judgement.
Hi Aunt H - the handsome fellow in the attached pic tried to swoop on my puppy the other day, at the last minute realizing he was too big for breakfast. He seems to be living in the neighborhood, maybe in a tree next door - I can hear him and have seen him several times. From the photo can you tell what he is? I hope downsizing is going well! Love, H3
PS I met another Harriet the other day - younger than me!