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Name That Bird

What kind of bird is that? A chance encounter with an avian wonder left this Patch editor asking that very question.

 

I've seen this bird before, swooping from tree branch to tree branch. Once, it came perilously close to my windshield as I was driving in Woodbury.

Yesterday, I was fortunate to see the winged wonder from a distance and also fortunate to have a decent zoom function on my camera.

So, dear readers - do you know what kind of bird this is? If you do, please share in the comments section.

Maria January 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Looks like a red-tailed hawk to me.
Donna January 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I agree. Definitely a red-tailed hawk.
Patti Chambers-Antilli January 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I agree as well - with the other replies - red-tailed hawk
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Thanks all - I heard tell that it was good luck to see this feathered friend! (As long as the hawk doesn't fly too close to the windshield again!)
GEG January 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Good luck??? The rabbits in my yard beg to differ.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
And the chipmunks and the mice too. I've also seen a ton of flying squirrels around lately that probably agree with the rabbits!
MyGoodPeople January 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
It is a red tail hawk and a beautiful one at that! Thank you for sharing the pictures.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM
My pleasure - thank you all for commenting!
Star January 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
They are fascinating to watch.
Jessica Blauvelt January 30, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Jaimie - Flying squirrels??? I haven't actually seen one of those in real life! Get a picture of one of those!!! =)
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I do have a photo - albeit a blurry one! I have quite the number of adventures with flying squirrels and I'm very adept at the catch-and-release!

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