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Can anyone help ID this hawk?

 
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Mar 16, 2018 19:01 |  #1

Hi everyone,

We had a hard time figuring out what this bird is. This was in Brodheadsville PA around lunch on electric wires. I managed to get a few shots off. I was not prepared since I was at work.

It’s a hawk of some sort I’m sure, not sure what tho. Hopefully someone knowledgeable can help.

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Mar 16, 2018 20:31 |  #2

I do believe he is a Merlin Tommy


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Mar 16, 2018 21:50 |  #3

Methinks it’s a Red-tailed Hawk.


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Mar 16, 2018 22:19 |  #4

Pondrader wrote in post #18587500 (external link)
I do believe he is a Merlin Tommy

Hi Jeff,

Ok, I appreciate that. My boss is a pretty avid birder and is having a hard time with this one. Would this be a male or female?


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Mar 16, 2018 22:21 |  #5

Sorry the quality is not great. I did not have my teleconverter on and I was driving.


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Mar 16, 2018 22:32 |  #6

It is a Hawk to be sure, not a falcon, which rules out Merlin.
Young Red tail would be my guess.


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Mar 17, 2018 01:13 |  #7

Immature Red-shouldered hawk. The lack of patagial marks rules out red-tailed hawk.


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Mar 17, 2018 21:17 as a reply to  @ Beekeeper's post |  #8

I've been wrong before, but I would have said broad-winged before red-shouldered. Not a bad shot considering circumstances.




  
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Mar 18, 2018 02:15 |  #9

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I've been wrong before, but I would have said broad-winged before red-shouldered. Not a bad shot considering circumstances.

Still early for that location for Broad-winged hawk. Broad wings also only show four 'fingers' whereas Red-shoulders show five 'fingers' on the outer primaries. This link should help show what I'm talking about. https://www.allaboutbi​rds.org …-use-tail-and-wing-shape/ (external link)


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Mar 18, 2018 08:39 |  #10

Hi Guys,

Was able to get another shot yesterday. He was in the same area. Will this help, lighting was not great. I’m doing all this from the side of the road in split seconds lol.


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Mar 18, 2018 13:21 |  #11

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Immature Red-shouldered hawk. The lack of patagial marks rules out red-tailed hawk.


You are most likely correct I am sure, but perhaps I was reading a shadow on the leading edge of the left wing as the patagial.


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Mar 18, 2018 13:25 |  #12

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Was able to get another shot yesterday. He was in the same area. Will this help, lighting was not great. I’m doing all this from the side of the road in split seconds lol.
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This one I would wager even more on being a Red Tail.


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Mar 18, 2018 13:38 |  #13

2004ep3hatch wrote in post #18588412 (external link)
Hi Guys,

Was able to get another shot yesterday. He was in the same area. Will this help, lighting was not great. I’m doing all this from the side of the road in split seconds lol.

That one is a Red-tailed hawk.


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Mar 18, 2018 13:46 |  #14

Hi Tommy, it is clear these are not the same bird. Look closely at the belly, the 3rd image of the perching hawk shows the belly band that is a hallmark of a Red Tail,. but more importantly, it is completely different markings from the bird in your first image.


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Mar 18, 2018 18:01 |  #15

Looks like it might be an Immature Broad-winged Hawk if so, it would be an early migrant

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