Tussey Mountain Spring Hawkwatch 2009 Quiz 4
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The first Osprey of the year. You can identify an osprey from a distance because when
viewing from head-on, it holds its wings in an M-shape. It is lean and lanky, with long,
Cooper's Hawk. From below, it looks like a flying cross. It has long, rounded wings,
a head that projects noticeably beyond the wings, and a long tail. This is probably a
female Coop, which is larger than a male.
Sharp-shinned Hawk. From below, it looks like a flying mallet. It also has the rounded
wings of an accipiter, buts its head doesn't project far beyond the wings. It typically has
a squared-off tail, unlike the usual rounded tail of a Cooper's Hawk.
Black Vulture. Note its general stubbiness. You can see a hint of its silver outermost
#5 and #6 have much in common, but #5 is a Turkey Vulture.
#5 and #6 have much in common, but #6 is a
Golden Eagle. The eagle profile is like a Turkey Vulture with stretched head, tail, and wings.
When you see an eagle, its size is striking. However, a soaring Turkey Vulture like #5
can often be mistaken for an eagle.
Sharp-shinned Hawk. This is the same bird as in #3, but here it is in more of a soar,
with wings thrust forward and tail fanned.
Golden Eagle. This is the same bird as in #6, buts its wings are in more of a glide.
Notice how broad its wings are. This is an adult, as it was all dark in color.
Osprey. This is the same bird as in #1, but here it is overhead. Note the contrasting
light and dark feathers on the underwings.
Red-tailed Hawk. It has a buteo shape, with broad wings and bulging secondaries.
There is a hint of a belly band.