One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

These aren’t the sharpest photos, but I must admit both Nutmeg and I had to run for cover and were shaking more than a little when we nearly bounded into the path of this hawk on the golf course.

Mystery #144

Mystery #144

Mystery #144

Question is, what kind of hawk is it? Can any of you humans make out the markings well enough you have a better guess than we do?  (Yes, we’re also admitting this is a mystery for us!)

I’ll check back in later to see what guesses you have!

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Well folks, we don’t have a firm identification on this one. Our best guess is the bird is a Northern Harrier. We studied Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology page on the Northern Harrier and like the match of the V-shped wings as it glides and the black wingtips. There is a hint of a white rump patch in the flight photos. Possibly this bird was a juvenile and didn’t have all his white feathers there? The male Northern Harrier does have a white underside.

Thanks for playing along!

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6 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. I’ve been seeing lots of hawks around here lately, though I’m terrible at identifying them. I knew we had red-tailed, sharp-shinned, and Cooper’s in southwest Ohio area, though I just read that we have fourteen total species of raptors (including the bald eagle)! Anyway, this certainly doesn’t constitute a guess. Sorry. 🙂 Be safe, little ones!

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