Monday, March 08, 2010

Bird Identification

The best I can tell from my brief research is that the raptor we caught in with the guineas is either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk.

You be the judge. If you have another suggestion just let me know.

It was an interesting experience to say the least.

The following two days after we caught this bird and set it free, we accidentally caught three cardinals in the guinea pen too. The female survived but the two males were exterminated by daisy before we could do anything to save them.

1 comment:

  1. Uncle David12:45 AM CST

    A Sharp-shinned hawk, from what I can see.

    Going by your photos, the size seems too small for an adult Cooper, and the plumage looks like an adult. The main stuff they describe (at the site I sent you) to distinguish them are things that you might have noticed about the bird itself.

    At first glance, I thought it was an American Kestrel, but after looking at kestrel photos I saw it didn't have the dark bands running up its neck. So, it's not an A-K.

    I've found that birds can change their markings and colors as they mature and with the seasons. Guidebook photos are just a snapshot in time and can fool you when trying to match them to a bird that was photographed or observed at a different age or season.

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