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Last Thursday at lunchtime a bird of prey caused quite a stir in downtown Pittsburgh when it perched on a light fixture and very publicly ate a pigeon. Telling the difference between a falcon and a hawk is a common identification problem, so common that people often ask me for help. In western Pennsylvania you can see up to nine hawk and three falcon species depending on time of year and habitat. Is it a bird of prey? Birds of prey eat meat so they have hooked beaks see the tip of the beak and talons big claws.
What time of year is it? However identification is more challenging in June and early July when the juvenile peregrines are flying around town. Where is the bird? In what habitat? Is it in the city on a building? Could be either a peregrine or a red-tail In the suburbs?
Is the bird in the human zone? Red-tailed hawks are bigger than crows, white on their chests and brown on their he, faces, wings and backs. Their faces are brown all the way to their shoulders no malar stripe. Only adult red-tailed hawks have rusty red tails. Juveniles have brown tails with horizontal stripes. Peregrine falcons are about the size of crows, smaller than red-tailed hawks. Adults are charcoal gray and white. Their backs, wings and he are charcoal gray, their chests are white and their bellies and legs are heavily striped horizontally with dark gray.
Their cheeks are white behind dark gray sideburns called malar stripes. Here are several photo comparisons of the two: red-tailed hawk on left, peregrine on right. Red-tailed hawks have brown cheeks. Peregrines have white cheeks behind the malar stripes. Red-tailed hawks have a brown belly band with white below. Peregrines are striped all the way down. Immature birds! In June in Pittsburgh juvenile peregrines leave the nest and learn to fly. Immature peregrines are brown and cream-colored instead of gray and white like the adults.
They have no white on their chests and the stripes on their bellies are vertical immature instead of horizontal on adults. Newly fledged juvenile peregrines may do almost anything, including perch in the human zone. Here are photo comparisons of immature red-tailed hawks left and immature peregrines right. Notice their cheeks and bellies. Falcons have pointy wings. What is the likelihood of seeing either bird? Red-tailed hawks are the most common hawk in North America. Peregrines are rare. Many readers have asked for help identifying a brown-and-beige-colored bird of prey in their backyards.
It has vertical chest stripes like a juvenile peregrine. If you have a similar bird in your backyard confirm that it …. for a good comparison of peregrine vs. Coopers hawk vs. Note: Merlins occur in Canada but are unusual in Pennsylvania and south of here. Wonderful information, Kate! Thanks for all the cues to look for and the side by side photos. I can hardly wait for the peregrine eggs to hatch. Then they got a shot of a red-tail at the union recently.
My daughter sent me a text yesterday saying that she had just watched a small brown hawk with a speckled breast kill a rodent and eat it in the little park in the center of downtown Erie. She asked me what I thought it was. But we have always had a lot of red tails around our house, and I think she would be able to identify a red tail. So I guessed it might be a broad wing hawk, but of course without being able to see it, there is not much of a chance of knowing what it was.
I did manage to see a towhee when I was in Boyce Mayview park last Thursday, and I thought I saw an owl flying through the trees, but he was gone before I could get the binoculars on him but I know owls usually nest in that part of the park. But I still try. I saw a large bird today outside my house in Williamsport PA.
Gray in color with gray spots on chest larger than a pigeon trying to figure out if it was a hawk or a falcon can any one tell me just from this description. Here are some questions to help narrow it down. Habitat: What kind of habitat is your house located in?
Are you on a farm? On the edge of lots of open land with few trees? In the woods? Stance: When perched, was it upright with its tail straight down or did it perch more horizontally leaned forward a little? Size: Was the bird lots bigger than a pigeon?
Size: Was it bulky looking or was it slim? Gintaras, interesting face pattern… but not the classic malar stripe. Is the website still down? Also — check out our california peregrines: type in santa cruz with peregrines, and the links to the cameras will come up San Jose and San Francisco. Both nests have hatched now, and are very active. How about a Broad-winged Hawk??? This matches the facial pattern and that little yellow patch above the beak. Yes it could be an immature broad-winged hawk. Well, this just goes to show that immature hawks can be difficult to identify! One day in the fall of , I was going to work in Robinson Twp.
I stopped the car and got a very up-close look; it was a peregrine falcon they are such a distinct raptor. I almost went into shock; it looked like it just ate a meal as it was walking slowly up the hill, then it took off eastbound towards the city. In that specific area, there are lots of red-tail hawks, so I was quite surprised to see it there. Those two hawks were apparently not afraid of people, as they let me get about three feet away! What a timely discussion of raptor identification, considering that many are in spring migration now.
It was quite a thrill for many local birders, including me. I was lucky enough to see it and get a photo. Here is the link to a photo taken April 2, if you care to take a look at it:. There was a hawk in our factory and I was curious to know what it actually was for certain. The bird flew out one of the windows I had opened, but it was magnificent to watch from only a few feet away. Oh, what a complete thrill today!! Pittsburgh I was the driver. This area is totally populated and residential with a good bit of traffic.
Driving along, I spotted a large blur of muted colors and movement on the sidewalk to my right a good ten feet away. I was mesmerized! The hawk had bagged a young squirrel which he held captive in his left foot talons; the poor little prey was writhing away, trying to break free, but the bird held him fast.
We watched; the hawk knew we were there parked next to him, but we were silent. We observed him or her in profile mostly, as that is how the bird was positioned with its prey. We watched and waited, curious as to why the hawk lingered with its wiggling creature so long without further attempt to kill or eat it. The bird did cast his eyes at the car a few times, but seemed undisturbed by us; rather, there was wariness, which was apparent by his shifting his weight back and forth, turning his feet a bit, and moving his head oh so slightly.
I got the sense that he was much more concerned about other predators who might steal his food or threaten him. I observed that the hawk was in decision mode….. What to do? After almost 10 minutes, a long time, he moved with the squirrel a few inches forward, then stopped and contemplated further, and finally took off in flight, heading for foliage so he could enjoy the feast in private. I was awe-struck at his beauty; your distinction, showing comparative pictures and a very good description of the differences helped me enormously.
Was this, in fact, a red-tail? I got confused because I did not see red color on the tail, but then again, the tail was not spread, nor could I see under it.Hawks Nest ct chat lines adult
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