Raptor Wednesday

Buteo jamaicensisAlways note the anomalies, the bumps.Buteo jamaicensisRed-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) on railing. Showing the “belly band” nicely. Buteo jamaicensisWay down in the flatlands, 1st & 40th, Raven country.Buteo jamaicensisAnother day, another sighting. Big shoulders, relatively short, squared-off tail. The mottled white patches on the back, sometimes a little more clearly in a V pattern, are another good sign you’ve got the most common soaring hawk in the country on your local antenna. Buteo jamaicensisMore belly band.Buteo jamaicensisSame day as the second hawk, and I think a different one.

My raptor radar usually turns on when I see a flock, of pigeons or starlings this time of year, swirling in the air. Flocking is a excellent method of confusing and defeating a predator; the raptor doesn’t know which way to turn, which bird to single out. Consider the flocking metaphor for humans as political actors in scary times. It’s really a way of working together. United we fly…

1 Response to “Raptor Wednesday”


  1. 1 Joy E. Goode December 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for your identification tips…I live in central Maryland and have many hawks in my area…especially because I have free ranging chickens. I am constantly attempting to identify them so that I know their behavior in regards to protecting my birds. I appreciate your attention to detail.


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