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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 02:07 PM
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She is stunning. How wonderful that you got to see her up close and personal. Our area hawks are beautiful but I've never had the pleasure of seeing one so close.

I don't worry about the hawks around here. They wouldn't bother with Pepper.

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I get a good bit of wildlife and I live in the city limits, I have kept just over a acre natural (I did replanted the natives and took out invasives) the upkeep is easier, as time goes on and all the woodedspaces are being developed, I am going to have to build a fence and post....really don't want to.

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I think, without looking it up, that it's a Sharp Shinned hawk. Color also looks like it could be a Coopers hawk. Sharp Shinned do their hunting in the woods, and are a bit smaller than a Red Tail. It's called aerial flea control. I think squirrels are the biggest spreader of fleas.
I think a squirrel would be max size prey for a Sharp Shinned. We were sitting on our porch one day, and a Sharp Shinned hit a Blue Jay nest, stealing a baby, but knocking another one out. Our children ended up raising the Blue Jay to an adult, and it came back up close to us for several years.

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I did a Google search for the two hawks.

http://static.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/...terIDtable.htm
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Immature female (25% bigger then the males) Red Tail still has its downy under coat.
Robbie, is this what your guest was identified as? What terrific photos you got! They are quite beautiful when you can see them up close.

A couple of weeks ago, I was out in an open area behind our yard, talking with a lady from a nearby neighborhood. I had Augie out on leash going potty. She had her Shih Tzu (sp) out to potty - he was not on leash. A HUGE bird kept flying over us - several times. We both got nervous and picked up our dogs, and he stopped the fly overs. She said it was an Eagle. The next day, I had Augie out to potty in the same area, and the same thing happened. I haven't seen him since, but I sure keep a very close eye on my guys when they are out in their play yard and I am doing yard work.

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Immature female (25% bigger then the males) Red Tail still has its downy under coat.
Ah, that explains it. I wasn't quite sure what it as either. It's funny seeing the Mocking birds mobbing it. Even if it's a juvenile, it has learned to ignore THEM!!!


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I had to ask an expert (one of the associates in my Husbands practice is a Birder and writes a column for a couple of newpapers, he travels all over the world for rare birds) it's the downy under feathers that make it look broader it's banding identify if as a Red Tail. Sharp shins are a lot smaller but can be the size of male Cooper hawks. This girl is as big as she will get but is still learning that is why she was bothering the neighbors dog.

I am generally good with local snakes, lizards, butterflys, owls, and hawks.

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She let me get real close as I only had a small lense so I had to get real close, she was not scared of me. I did not want to run in to the house and lose my change, she pinned the squirrel to a tree to kill it. Red Tails will not generally go in to the woods they hunt in the open, a red shoulder will thrash around in the woods.

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I love Mockingbirds. That bird was making sure that the hawk didn't get her babies.

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Wow that's incredible.. Birds a second love of mine.. after Havs!
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