Northern Harrier

Hey guys welcome back. Today is a cool raptor, the norther harrier. Northern harriers kind of look like a cross between an owl and a hawk. They are hawks, in the same family as the Cooper's and Sharp-shinned we've covered in the past. But get a close look at their face and you'll see a... Continue Reading →

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, the tiny terror that is the sharp-shinned hawk. The sharp-shinned hawk is the smallest North American hawk on average, with smaller males about the size of a mourning dove, but with a longer wingspan. Adults have a steel gray back with a barred orangish breast. Juveniles like the one pictured... Continue Reading →

Great Horned Owl

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the owl that most people probably picture when they picture an owl, and the only owl species I've seen in all three states I've lived in (NY, MO, OH.) The great horned owl. The great horned owl is a large owl, slightly larger than the red-tailed hawk. They are quite... Continue Reading →

Red-shouldered Hawk

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we head back to the world of raptors and meet the red-shouldered hawk. When I lived in NYC, I only ever saw them flying over the park during migration, although they've been known to stop by every once in a while, though never for long. I saw many more, including... Continue Reading →

Bald Eagle

Hey guys welcome back! Today, a bird that is the symbol of the US, the bald eagle. Many of us know that Ben Franklin wasn't so keen on the eagle being the national bird. He once said of the eagle, "He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly.... Continue Reading →

Turkey Vulture

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, we've reached our first (as well as the most widespread in North America) vulture species; the turkey vulture! Turkey vultures are huge birds that eat primarily carrion (dead animals) but will also occasionally eat garbage and left over human food, and will also on rare occasions eat live food; primarily... Continue Reading →

American Kestrel

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, one of my favorite raptors, the tiny, fluffy, very cute yet murderous American Kestrel! The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. Barely bigger than a Mourning Dove, the American Kestrel is one of the more colorful of all raptors. Both males and females are heavily spotted, and... Continue Reading →

Merlin

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, our first falcon! Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of today's bird. Sorry guys! Today we discuss the Merlin, a medium-sized falcon common throughout the western U.S and Atlantic coast in winter, and central and northern Canada in summer. Much of the central U.S. is only visited by the... Continue Reading →

Cooper’s Hawk

Hey guys, welcome back! The Cooper's Hawk. One of my favorite birds of prey. No, I don't know who Cooper was, probably some ornithologist or something. Anyway, the Cooper's Hawk is part of the accipiter genus, which if you remember from the Red-tailed Hawk post, are also known as the true hawks. One of the... Continue Reading →

Red-tailed Hawk

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, our first of many birds of prey on this blog! North America's most abundant hawk (buzzard?), the Red-tailed Hawk! The Red-tail is found throughout the continental U.S. as well as much of Canada, Alaska, and even into Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. They are most easily identifiable by their... Continue Reading →

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