Tussey Mountain Spring Hawkwatch 2009 Quiz 3
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One of my favorite birds, the Common Raven. Note the wedge-shaped tail and large head.
High-flying Tundra Swans. Note their long necks.
A Black Vulture. Note the stubby tail and stocky wings.
A male Red-breasted Merganser. Note its long neck, thin bill, and dark head (actually green).
There are two likely possibilities: Common and Red-breasted Mergansers. Common Merganser has a green
head and neck, while Red-breasted has a white collar behind its head. Common would also have more
white just above the wing. Not a common bird at Tussey Mt hawk watch.
A Red-shouldered Hawk. Even though this picture is of a distant bird, you can see the
crescents on its wings. Flapping also gives a hint - Red-shouldereds are more likely to flap
than any other buteo.
Also a Red-shouldered Hawk. From below, see the crescents on the outer edge of wings. It is
also slimmer than the other buteos.
An adult Red-tailed Hawk. Note the reddish tail and stocky dimensions.
A Northern Goshawk. I believe that this is an adult because it looks light-colored below.
Note the long tail, stocky body, and broad wings. When first seen, it was doing a deep flap, similar
to a Common Nighthawk, as if it was displaying.
A large, dark bird that flexes its wings down is a vulture. This is a Turkey Vulture.
You can use this trait to differentiate a Turkey Vulture from a Golden Eagle at a long distance.
If you cannot identify a large, dark bird, watch to see if it flexes.
A high-flying Red-tailed Hawk. Note how stocky it is compared to the Red-shouldered Hawk