This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, February 08, 2010


hawk 7

Can anyone help me identify this hawk?

Yesterday on our walk, Skippy and I came across this hawk. He was in the bushes pulling at something. When he saw us, he flew into a tree with what looked like a pine cone and leaves. There must have been something tasty in there too. Grubs or a rodent.

hawk 1 hawk 2
hawk 3 hawk 4
hawk 5 hawk 6

BTW, here's a Red-Tailed story my Mom sent me: "One Hawk Per Mile".



Blogger Somerlyn said...

I think it's a Red Tailed Hawk.

February 08, 2010 8:28 AM

Blogger miss m said...

What a fabulous specimen ! Probably gathering material for the nest. Splendid photos !

February 08, 2010 8:58 AM

Blogger Mrs. Finch said...

It looks exactly like the pictures of the Broad-Winged Hawk in my book, similar poses and everything!

February 08, 2010 10:08 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Could it be a Cooper's hawk?

February 08, 2010 10:15 AM

Blogger Mrs. Finch said...

The Cooper's Hawk in my book is much much much more steel gray. The juvenile has really stark dark bands on the underside of the tail (broader and darker than in your pictures) and a striped head.

You could post on (there's a forum for it, just say "saw this in a field near some conservation land in eastern MA" can I get a positive identification? I've done it lots of times and been blown away with the responses and response times! That's how I found out I had seen (and gotten a really terrible photograph) of a Cuckoo down at the gardens.

February 08, 2010 10:18 AM

Blogger NY Homesteader said...

Hi Kathy Nice photos
I am pretty sure it is a red tailed hawk, light phase immature, no red eyes, the dark red upper tail and pinkish underside of the tail and also the barred belly band are the best field marks, but their plumage can vary a lot from the Golden book of bird identification. Great photo's for sure!! Regards,
Rich @ NY Homesteader

February 08, 2010 10:22 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes. I think red tail sounds like a good ID. They are very prevalent here.

Just confusing because he seemed small for a red tail. And I couldn't see any red or pink on tail. And bib hard to see.

The broad wings aren't here in the winter - they're down in the tropics now. Can't imagine they'd come back yet.

February 08, 2010 10:41 AM

Blogger Jen said...

Agreed that it's a red tail - in the bottom left photo you can see his 'necklace', that's an identifier.

It's too big to be a Cooper's Hawk. Cooper's are accipiters; they have a much different body shape than buteos, most notably they have a thinner body and a much longer tail.

February 08, 2010 10:48 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I posted to just now.

February 08, 2010 11:01 AM

Blogger Michelle said...

Whatever type of hawk he is...he is gorgeous. Hawks are one of my favorite birds...I see them often here in California...they are amazing creatures.

February 08, 2010 11:18 AM

Blogger Dan said...

Great shots Kathy! Definitely looks like a young red tailed to me. Must have been really close at 85mm. It is so nice to see all the Hawks & Eagles around now.

February 08, 2010 11:25 AM

Blogger victoria T. said...

Beautiful hawk pictures, Kathy. He looks like the hawk we have that nests near Baldpate Pond--that family I know is a Red-tail hawk family, as numerous people have told me so. Perhaps the "red tail" develops later in the year. I'll be interested in what "" has to say. Keep us posted.

February 08, 2010 12:49 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

I see so many interesting looking birds. Some I never noticed before. I was looking at a bunch of small sparrow-like birds in my neighbor's driveway and then I noticed that their breasts were tinted with a subtle greenish color. I wish I had my camera. Hope you find out what bird this was.

February 08, 2010 5:04 PM

Blogger aliceb said...


February 09, 2010 11:24 PM

Blogger kathy said...

hi alice!

February 09, 2010 11:29 PM


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