As a rookie birder, a couple of spring ago, I was heading to the old iron mine ponds for a hike with my GSD. On the way, I had noticed a "Minimum Maintenance" road I had not driven down for years. It was very narrow, dark, and heavily wooded. A hawk flushed out in front of me and landed several hundred yards down the road on an overhanging branch. I edged ahead. The bird never moved. I stopped and put the binocs on him.
At this point, I must interject a note that in my new birding hobby I was I only confident in identifying the ubiquitous red-tail and the northern Harrier. Harriers because of their penchant for twisting and turning low above the prairie.
I knew right away it wasn't a red-tail. It seemed considerably smaller, I thought. Then I noticed the white tail band. I moved the truck closer yet. Time for the Peterson field guide. There it was. A Broad-Winged Hawk.
"Forest hunter. Rather tame. White band on tail" my field guide claimed .
Millions of birders could, no doubt, have made this identification on sight alone. But for me it was a first. You gotta love it. I then knew three hawks. It was a start. Since then I’ve added a few more hawks and even a falcon or two....
Cool! I have had three different kinds of hawks dining on my well-fed songbirds on my front porch. Sometimes they even land on the railing and I get a chance to look closely at them. Magnificent birds! Oh, and good shot!ReplyDelete
Hawks can be hard to ID with their change of plumage colors.I love to try and get a shot of them , but it is hard.Look for MN bird guide, they are nice to have a state specific one. I like Borders since they have a section with state specific books, all which I want.ReplyDelete
I have a field guide that is specifically Hawks in Flight - which is very helpful since the darn things never stop and perch when you want them to!ReplyDelete
That's a great photo! Good for you on the I.D. !! I have a little trouble correctly identifying Hawks.ReplyDelete
Great photo! We recently visited Tallulah Gorge in north GA and saw many hawks.ReplyDelete
It is exciting to see a bird you've never seen before -- but being able to identify it is equally as cool. Good job!ReplyDelete
It's always a thrill to see a new bird for the first time, especially a bird as wonderful as a hawk or falcon.ReplyDelete
So neat! I love it when I make out what type of bird I see! Not very good at it but the thrill of identifying it. Have you seen the documentary "Life of a Bird?" It's BBC and really great! No, I didn't know about the St. Nicholas chapel at Westminster - this might be a good one to look up though and post about this week since...well, you know, the "Royal Wedding." The Cathedral is in the news! Thanks so much for the tip! I will link it back to you and your very interesting way of "finding" the St. Nicholas Chapel.ReplyDelete
PS If you have anything else on it... please let me know... I like the angle of it coming from a novel. (sounds like a great book!)
Cool, I have been noticing hawks hunting..but can never see them good enough to identify them..you did good..getting a photo and all!:)ReplyDelete