[texbirds] Hawk ID help

  • From: Bill Wright <wmewrght@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:32:10 -0500

Thank you all for your help.

I have had four replies saying this is a Swainson's Hawk and one saying
"an adult Red-tailed Hawk of the subspecies fuertesi, which generally
lacks a belly band below. They breed on the southern Great Plains and
into Texas."

Here is the correct flickr URL
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/wrightbirder/19154482012/in/album-72157654659033859/>

I saw this hawk about 7:45 am Wednesday morning just outside of Rosebud,
TX, in Falls County.

Bill Wright
Houston, TX


I photographed a hawk yesterday in Falls County. After looking at the
photos on my computer, I think it is a Swainson's Hawk. I have posted
three photos on my Flickr site.
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/wrightbirder/19154482012/in/album-72157654659033859/>

The white on the face above the bill can be clearly seen. The collar
doesn't completely cover the neck and there is no belly band common to
Red-tailed Hawks. I was fooling with the camera when this hawk decided
to fly away, so I missed seeing it in flight.

Am I correct that this is a Swainson's Hawk.

Bill Wright
Houston, TX
Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds

Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking permission
from the List Owner


Other related posts: