Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds,

Posted by: hm1996

Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 03/05/19 10:47 PM

and have never seen this hawk before. Anyone know what it is?



Regards,
hm
Posted by: SlickerThanSnot

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 03/05/19 11:34 PM

looks like a falcon. but not sure what flavor.
Posted by: GreatCanadian

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 03/06/19 07:34 AM

Is that a perigrine falcon? I have never seen one up close. If it is, congrats, I'm jealous.

GC
Posted by: crittr gittr

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 03/06/19 01:02 PM

Sure looks like a peregrine falcon to me. We have a pair that lives in our neighborhood and their heck on quail.
Posted by: spotstalkshoot

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 03/06/19 01:40 PM

Pretty sure that is a Swainson's hawk. Would have a dark u shaped bib neck/upper chest and light underside wings/dark edges. The falcon would have a dark capped head with a lighter throat two toned even looks fast sitting and a yellow beak.
Posted by: hm1996

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 03/06/19 02:44 PM

I've never seen Peregrine falcons on this ranch, but we do have them along the coast and this ranch is within 25 miles of the coast, so could be. What threw me was the absence of the white vertical markings in the sideburn area of the head. Also this bird seemed a bit bigger and stockier than the Peregrines I have seen, but I see lots of variations in pictures of the markings and some of those pictured appear to be built like the one I saw. Could be a peregrine??

Thanks for all the comments.

Regards,
hm
Posted by: Lucas66

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 08/05/19 11:13 PM

Never seen this bird.
Posted by: jetman

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 08/06/19 04:30 PM



I would say it is an Alberta falcon. A LONG ways from home.
Posted by: Matlock

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 08/06/19 04:35 PM

Looks like a Peregrine falcon to me.
Posted by: jsh

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 08/06/19 06:17 PM

The tail doesn’t look right to me. Better pic of the head would do the trick.

My great uncle was very big into falconry. My grandmother was big into song birds. I imagine that is where I got my fascination of them. I have spent many a cold winter morning drinking coffee and watching birds at the feeder, next thing I know it is noon and the day is half gone.
Call me goofy, but fish in an aquarium and birds at a feeder I find very therapeutic.
Posted by: spotstalkshoot

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 08/10/19 05:26 PM

Peregrine eyes are not round and would have yellowish border. Ferruginous hawk should have darker leg feathers, but I have not seen an immature. Seems like an immature redtail but no scale to reference.
Posted by: Heymartay

Re: Help! Not a Bird Watcher, but I watch birds, - 09/22/19 06:44 AM

White tailed hawk