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RE: Predatory dinosaurs of Baltimore - the real raptor red
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> In a message dated 2/15/2005 4:01:31 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> GSP1954@aol.com writes:
> << Not sure what kind of hawk it was. It was fairly large, the size of a big
> crow. Maybe too big for a pigeon hawk, have seen one around here for years.
> dull brown uppersides, off white underneath. Wonder if it was a fully grown
> juvenile. >>
> My best guess would be a Red-tail. They are very common here in the East and
> have become rather fearless since they are no longer shot on sight. There is
> wide variation in plumages through ontogeny. Cooper's hawks have become very
> common, also, but are more likely to prey on other birds. As a bird guide,
> _The Sibley Guide to Birds_has no equal for here in the States, and it's very
> helpful with juvenile plumages.
Dan beat me to the punch. I would say a full-sized juvenile Red-tail is most
likely. We certainly get a lot of them down here in the
D.C. area. And I remember once when I was still in New Haven that I came out of
the back entrace to the Hall of Graduate Studies,
and a Red-tail was munching away on a squirrel (well, half one...) without
caring about the odd passing humans. (And some of them
were certain rather odd... :-).
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