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Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Description:

This isn't one of the hawks I typically track, but I noticed it when I was driving by. I'm not sure if that is a small white patch on the back of its head or if it's missing some feathers.

Notes:

Spotted on utility pole in the easement between residential subdivisons and near churches in Kennesaw, GA


1 species ID suggestions

Liam
Liam 5 years ago
Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis Red-tailed Hawk - BirdForum Opus

8 Comments

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

Thx! Yes, no doubt! :) And I am grateful for any and all feedback because I always learn something!

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

That's great that you were able to obtain a feedback from Liam.
Here is a Californian RTH
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/228...
No mistaking the dark band across!

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

OK - going to switch it back to RTH. Sure would love to see some other types of hawks than the 2-3 I keep seeing. Liam, would you mind terribly looking at this spotting of another hawk and let me know if you think I have it right?
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/243...

Liam
Liam 5 years ago

Swainson's Hawk, in all plumages, will have a dark chest and a very long primary projection.
Albeit a lightly marked bird, I'd call it a Red-tailed.

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

Ava is right!!

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

I don't know. The powerpole it was sitting on is really massive, so it may look like a small hawk in scale, but this was at the very least a solid "medium" size if not larger. hat makes you think Swainson's? (I'm trying to learn more about raptors and I would LOVE it if this did turn out to be something other than a RTH.)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

This looks like a Swainson's Hawk; not super abundant in your area, but not unheard of either.

QWMom
QWMom 5 years ago

Hi Jemma - yes, it's very light like freckles - you can see it better in picture #3 where its looking over its shoulder. Do you think it might be something else?

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

QW,did it have a brown band across it's chest?

Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.03, Long: -84.61

Spotted on May 20, 2013
Submitted on May 22, 2013

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