Date: 5/16/18 4:02 am
From: Monica Liebert <ml2mi...>
Subject: [birders] juvenile hawk in Tappan school yard?
We have a red tail hawk couple that hunt Tappan and St. Francis school yards and I've been told they have nested somewhere nearby. On Sunday, in the rain, I saw a really large apparent juvenile hawk of some stripe (actually dappled) in a tree snag on the Washtenaw edge of Tappan school grounds, and last night it was sitting in one of the trees on the north edge of the school yard. Lots of alarm calls from other birds which alerted me, and a pair of crows eventually dive bombed the hawk to make it move to across Washtenaw (where is settled again!).

The hawk has a really small tail, and I didn't hear any Red Tail type calls, but I have been hearing "chuckles" more like Cooper's sounds. If this is a juvenile Cooper, it is really large.

So what's the diagnosis? I'll keep any eye out to see if I can see it in flight.


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