Bald Eagles With Dihedrals

12 May 2014
Most birders think of Bald Eagles as holding their wings flat when they soar, and they do of course, and almost always hold their wings flat or slightly bowed when gliding. However, they do soar with their wings slightly raised in a dihedral at times (see composite image). Remember (and…

A few ID's From Week of May 5th

11 May 2014
A bunch of people sent me raptor pics from the past few weeks and I wanted to post a few. I'll try to post more because I get a lot of interesting birds in my inbox, appreciate every one, and would love to share them. The top image by Cathy…

Mississippi Kite Sighting in Salt lake

09 May 2014
I wanted to share my sighting of a Mississippi Kite along the foothills of Salt Lake May 4th. It was the 2nd one for the state, one was spotted in May 2008 as well, but nonetheless, a rare bird in Utah. I have a feeling they come through with a…

2 Quiz Raptors shared with me

06 May 2014
I just wanted to share these 2 images that were sent to me recently. Bryant Olsen (an expert birder in my home state of Utah) shared the top picture with me. He photographed this hawk in Arizona in late April and of course knew what it was but thought it…

Broad-winged Hawk with Odd Tail

05 May 2014
I had a note in my inbox titled "odd molt?" and the subject of molt always interests me. So, I opened the email from my friend Matt and he was wondering what was up with the juvenile Broad-winged Hawk (right) he photographed in Texas on April 24th. He mentioned Bill…

Bleached Raptors

02 May 2014
I love when people send me hawk photos. It allows me to see birds and plumage variants I never would have seen otherwise. This time of year you will see a number of birds (especially juveniles from the previous summer) faded and molting, which prompted me to post this blog…

Cooper's Hawks looking "Sharpie-like"

22 April 2014
I got a few emails this week regarding Sharp-shinned Hawk vs. Cooper's Hawk, with photos to review. Of course, this is an ongoing ID issue since the two species look so darn similar. ALL of the birds in this composite are Cooper's Hawks! Some look small headed, some look square…

Cooper's Hawks with "skinny legs?"

14 April 2014
How many Cooper's Hawk photos have you seen identified as Sharp-shinned Hawks based on their "skinny legs?" I know I have seen many! Do Sharp-shinned Hawks have skinny legs….of course. But, Cooper's Hawks can have skinny legs as well (especially males). Here are a few photos of Cooper's Hawks…check out…

HWI Presents on Phenology at Raptor Symposium

08 April 2014
Last month, HawkWatch International in partnership with the USFS Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest delivered a presentation at the Raptors of the Northwest Symposium. The presentation, titled “Raptor Migration Monitoring and Predictive Modeling in the Northwest,” was authored by HWI’s Steve Slater and Shawn Hawks and USFS’s Kent Woodruff, and discussed our…

HWI American Kestrel Study underway

08 April 2014
Spring 2014 markes the second season of our American Kestrel Study. With the help of our awesome citizen science volunteers, we have nearly doubled the number of nextboxes we are monitoring. Several are new ones we have put up, and some were inherited from other groups who installed them with…