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Thread: Our morning visitor....what kind is it?

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    This guy has been visiting the neighborhood daily and trying to get squirrels at the neighbor's feeder. Does anybody know what he might be? He doesn't match any in our bird books?

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    Where his pic????...lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by happymrs
    Where his pic????...lol...
    Sorry I'll try again.
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    Is it an owl??

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    Some kind of an owl....looked in my bird book. It looks like it might be an eastern screech owl...maybe an immature one. I'm no expert,though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostfree
    Some kind of an owl....looked in my bird book. It looks like it might be an eastern screech owl...maybe an immature one. I'm no expert,though.
    Here is another pic with his head turned. No ears like an owl and wrong beak.
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    I bet that he is a hawk!
    Beautiful bird!!

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    Looks like it could be an Broad winged Hawk.

    Here are links to a website with pics. At first I thought it might be a Coopers hawk as they are pretty well known for hunting at bird feeders, but I don't think they are in Eastern US. And the Coopers hawk site gave a link to this broad winged hawk. Looks an awful lot like the picture here.

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id

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    when you find out, let me know; it's a pretty bird.

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    Different book......LOL. sharp-shinned hawk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Looks like it could be an Broad winged Hawk.

    Here are links to a website with pics. At first I thought it might be a Coopers hawk as they are pretty well known for hunting at bird feeders, but I don't think they are in Eastern US. And the Coopers hawk site gave a link to this broad winged hawk. Looks an awful lot like the picture here.

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id
    I think you're right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostfree
    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Looks like it could be an Broad winged Hawk.

    Here are links to a website with pics. At first I thought it might be a Coopers hawk as they are pretty well known for hunting at bird feeders, but I don't think they are in Eastern US. And the Coopers hawk site gave a link to this broad winged hawk. Looks an awful lot like the picture here.

    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id
    Yes, I think so too. We thought the other day that it might be him but couldn't get a good enough look at his underbelly. His tail isn't right for a red-tailed hawk, and chest isn't right. Thanks for the info; sent it to my neighbor.
    I think you're right.

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    Beautiful bird...and looks well fed too!

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    Pretty!
    We have a red tail hawk who visits our feeder.

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    Sorry I'll try again.[/quote]

    Look up a Saw Whet owl. A friend gets them n her area and looks like the pictures she sends me

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    It's an owl --- it has tufts for ears. Not all owls have big ears. We see those in our area.

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    Hi, my hubby is retired from the Forest Service, & he says it's some kind of horned owl, but not a Great Horned Owl. Hope this helps, great pics, thanks for sharing!...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    It's an owl --- it has tufts for ears. Not all owls have big ears. We see those in our area.
    No the wind is lifting up the feathers over his eyes. Look at her second pic. The beak is all wrong for an owl. First pic definitely does look like an owl but second pic there is no mistaking it is another type of raptor, most likely a hawk.

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    it is so hard to tell with his feathers all fluffed up he is so pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by happymrs
    Where his pic????...lol...
    Sorry I'll try again.
    This is deffinately an owl. You can tell by the eyebrow feathers and his/her shape. What kind I am not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    It's an owl --- it has tufts for ears. Not all owls have big ears. We see those in our area.
    No the wind is lifting up the feathers over his eyes. Look at her second pic. The beak is all wrong for an owl. First pic definitely does look like an owl but second pic there is no mistaking it is another type of raptor, most likely a hawk.
    LOL maybe a mama owl was playing around on the other side of the tracks!!!! LOL

    :mrgreen:

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    That owl wouldn't be out hunting during the day; they hunt at night, that's why they have big eyes. We have decided it is a broad-winged hawk. He has left his spot now. The neighbor has seen him in his back yard and says he is definitely NOT an owl.

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    Looks like an owl to me.

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    red tailed hawks love of birds, last year i was looking out the window and I saw him come in a get a pretty red cardnal, I was so upset!

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    I agree with the broadwinged hawk...

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