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 →

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 →

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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