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A visitor in my backyard this morning. My desk is at the backyard window. The cherry tree is in blossom and the Japanese Maple is starting to pop. I saw a very frightened squirrel cross the yard and enter the cherry tree. Following closely is this hawk who first perched on the fence, observed the squirrel and then made an attack. The squirrel got away. The hawk then perched in the maple @ 15 feet from the window. I've had them before but this is the first time I was able to get a pic. Usually as soon as I move for the camera, they bolt. I got to watch him for a good ten minutes, he ruffled, perched on one leg and preened. Pretty cool for being in town. I'm about a mile from the river where they nest under the three bridges safe from everything.





 

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Any bird of prey that allows you a look at itself like this one is a treat. It can be tough to ID a hawk, even for expert bird watchers, as there are so many of them that look a lot alike. Also there are different color variations within the same species, but I'd take a guess that it is a Broad Winged hawk.
 

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Geoff, For size reference the branch it's on is 1 3/4" dia. Not a Red Tail, too big for a Kestral or Sharp-shinned, I'm now thinking maybe a Coopers. The tail looks too long for a Broad Winged.
 

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After showing the photos to my one friend the general concensus is immature Coopers.

And now ya know the (maybe) story.
 

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That is beautiful. I have always loved birds and watching them. Not a birdwatcher as such where I can name them. I just think they are pretty. :)
 

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Downside? Could be. I saw a hawk again this morning, it rocketed away silently from the back of the cherry tree as I stepped onto the deck. Have not seen a squirrel for a while and that's OK. Trouble is I have not seen any robins or songbirds lately. They are usually carring on their battles for the rights for nesting and to the fruit when it arrives.
 

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I certainly won't swear to it, but that might be an immature Harpy eagle. It's wonderful how the adults can carry off the neighborhood children.
 

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I certainly won't swear to it, but that might be an immature Harpy eagle. It's wonderful how the adults can carry off the neighborhood children.
I'll have to do research. Never known of Harpy's here. I think the children are safe for the time being.
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mjr, think I'm pretty safe too, check the punch.....
 

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Geoff40 said:
Any bird of prey that allows you a look at itself like this one is a treat. It can be tough to ID a hawk, even for expert bird watchers, as there are so many of them that look a lot alike. Also there are different color variations within the same species, but I'd take a guess that it is a Broad Winged hawk.
If ol' Elmer would've seen it it would've been a Dead Hawk!
 
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