But even with all those books, they still look alike. Really.
I can't tell if something is level, either. (Just as an aside.)
So, I've made my best guess on the following pictures I took on Friday at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and please let me know if I've labeled them wrong. I wanted to just say "Red-tailed Hawk" under all the pictures since that is the most common, but I was afraid I'd get hate mail from people who are much better at identification than I am. Also, I was afraid relatives of the pictured birds would leave presents on my car.
So here goes:
|I think this is a Cooper's Hawk, but turns out it is a Red-tailed Hawk|
|This looks like it could be a falcon to me.|
|Looks like a Red-tailed Hawk|
|This sweet, precious baby Red-tailed Hawk held out his wing for easier identification for me|
|This one is so dark, I wonder if it is a Harlan's Hawk (a division of Red-tailed)|
|Looks like a Red-tailed to me|
|At first I thought this might be a Rough-legged hawk|
Northern Harrier!!!! Not a Red-tailed OR a Rough-legged. Geeepers.
|Then I thought it might be a Red-tailed|
|Then when I saw his legs weren't hairy, and I was pretty sure it was Red-tailed|
|This looks like a Harlan's hawk to me|
Again, this is probably a young red-tailed.
|And it is well trained not to go into the closed area.|