Swainson's Hawk bibs

13 July 2014
Cathy Sheeter sent me a photo (shown here) of a mated pair of Swainson's Hawks and it gave me an idea for a blog post. The bird on the right lacks a complete bib, but it is still an adult. This is something that occurs on some adults, and of…

Golden Eagle Refresher

11 July 2014
Fall migration will be here soon, and birders love to discuss the ages of eagles that pass by their local hawk watches (I love it too). Ageing Golden Eagles to a specific year can be difficult (even in the hand) and there is quite a bit to know to be…

KUER story on HWI's American Kestrel Study and Salt Lake County partnership

09 July 2014
Brian Grimmett from KUER.org joined us and volunteers to to check a Kestrel nest box and band the chicks as part of our American Kestrel Study. This nest box was located on Salt Lake County open space/park land, and highlights our new partnership.   http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-helps-hawkwatch-international-study-kestrel-falcons  

BC Red-tails

08 July 2014
Much about raptor biology, taxonomy, and other aspects is still unknown and understudied. For instance, just in the past 6 or 7 years alone we have learned a great deal about the overlap in range and plumage of Harlan's Red-tailed Hawks with other subspecies…and Harlan's is one of the more…

Weekly Hawk ID Review

03 July 2014
Each week, I post a few photos that people have sent me requesting an ID. Sometimes I never get the name of the photographer, so if you see your photo posted here, please let me know (and I hope you don't mind, I post the pics to be educational).I'd love…

Chest patch on juvenile Red-tailed Hawks

02 July 2014
When juvenile Red-tailed Hawks are recently fledged they show a colorful buffy-orange chest like this bird photographed July 1st (image #1), but this coloration fades by late fall and becomes whitish. The fading process takes a bit longer in some birds, but for the most part the chest completely loses…

Fox13 News Story on HWI's American Kestrel Study

30 June 2014
Fox 13 joined us and volunteers to to check a Kestrel nest box and band the chicks as part of our American Kestrel Study. http://fox13now.com/2014/06/28/local-study-may-help-dwindling-american-kestrel-population/

Juvenile Cooper's Hawks - Yikes!

26 June 2014
I want to point out something very tricky regarding Cooper's Hawks. If you flip through the accipiter section of any field guide, you will likely read something to the effect: "...juvenile accipiters are streaked below, with Cooper's Hawks the most lightly marked..." In my guides, I remark to "proceed with…

Counting Hawks

22 June 2014
A question that I have heard many times in the past made me think about doing a post on counting hawks. The question is: how many birds do you think you miss? It is an interesting question. Of course, people are curious to know how many hawks the hawk counter…

Flammulated Owl field trip - Mantua, UT

17 June 2014
We had a great group and a phenomenal day for the Flammulated Owl field trip in Mantua, UT this past Saturday. While the group checked and cleaned out nestboxes, we encountered with a flying squirrel nest, a Northern Saw-whet Owl nest with 2 newly hatched young and four other eggs,…