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January 18, 2013 / Rae Spencer

The Sun Returns

Red Wing Jan 18

Today’s sun made the air seem warmer than it actually was.

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

We took a long-ish walk through Red Wing Park, where we heard more birds and animals than we saw.

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

A cluster of early blooms reminded us that spring isn’t all that far away.

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

I found several sunlit doorways.

Red Wing Jan 18

Red Wing Jan 18

On the way home, we circled a field three times after spotting a pair of hawks. I didn’t get a very good look at them, nor a very good picture. I thought, at first, that they were Cooper’s Hawks, but maybe they were Red-tailed Hawks? Is there a way to tell for certain, using only the information in this picture?

Hawk Jan 18

I’ve really missed the sun, and I hope it decides to stay for a while.

Red Wing Jan 18

5 Comments

  1. Vicki / Jan 18 2013 7:11 PM

    so nice to see the sun.. its been here so briefly lately. amazing that the camellia is opening up this early.. re the hawk, I find them very hard to identify, but Red-tailed is much bigger than Coopers.

  2. jeaniemac100 / Jan 18 2013 7:31 PM

    How beautiful, Rae. You find so many treasures. Do you and Todd go together?

    J

    • Rae Spencer / Jan 18 2013 7:34 PM

      Yes! We’re both trying to get more exercise.

  3. Gillian / Jan 18 2013 7:40 PM

    Hi Rae!

    When it comes to hawks, the first thing you need to do is figure out if it’s a buteo (i.e. Red-tailed Hawk), accipiter (i.e. Cooper’s Hawk) or falcon (i.e. Merlin). [I am assuming it’s not a harrier as they prefer open fields rather than forest.] Their shapes are quite different, especially the wing length and shape, and the tail length. Your bird looks as though it has a short tail relative to its body, which would make it a buteo. It looks like a Red-tailed Hawk to me, but I’m not sure which other ones are common in your area – Red-shouldered, perhaps? I have only ever seen two perching, so I’m not too good at identifying those yet!

    I hope this gives you a starting point for the next time you see a hawk!

    • Rae Spencer / Jan 19 2013 12:29 PM

      The tail was what bothered me, when I looked at the picture. Red-tailed Hawks are common around here, and I’m guessing that’s the likely answer here. I may try visiting the field again, in a couple of days.

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