Monday, October 11, 2010

Can anyone tell me what kind of bird this is?


This afternoon, I was attempting to plant some daffodil and tulip bulbs but the ground was so hard and dry from the drought, I didn't make much headway. While I was working, I was distracted by this big bird that landed on the fence. I went inside to get my camera and was able to get a few pictures of it. It's the largest bird I've ever seen in my yard! I think it might be a falcon but I'm not sure. If anyone knows what kind of bird this is, please let me know. It certainly is a stately looking creature, to say the least. I wouldn't want to make it mad!

6 comments:

Alde said...

That looks like a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk.

Bluegrass Gardener said...

Alde, I think you may be right. I looked up red-tailed hawks and the pictures I saw do look similar. I did think the bird in my yard was young too, either a baby or juvenile. Thanks for responding!

Nickie said...

Yup, red tailled hawk for sure. Neat visitor! She will keep the rabbits away.

Leash said...
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Leash said...

Does she still land in your yard? threy are very territorial. If a mated pair is in your neighborhood warn anyone with small dogs and cats, I am in Ontario and have seen them take HUGE rabbits that were the size of my Shih Tzus!! But they are beautiful and Majestic to watch while they ride thermals!

I am originally from Knoxville Tennessee and I miss "HOME" soo much your garden is beautiful! Thanks for sharing

Jacqueline Van Willigen said...

This is a Cooper's hawk. Google photos of one and compare to Red Tailed.