Sunday, December 8, 2013

Hawk sitting on a fence post in North Dakota

We have our first snow today and it's just under 28 deg. F. (-2 C).   It is icy so I won't be going for a walk any time soon.  I have plenty of things to keep me busy around here.  

Gregg took these photos after we came across this handsome fellow sitting on a fence post.  We had just left some relatives and there he was.  We saw several hawks in that area and they are quite common apparently.  I am not sure what kind he is.  The first one we saw was in a field.












30 comments:

  1. What a beautiful hawk! :)

    You have warmer weather than we do today, South and East of you.

    All the very best for a lovely Sunday,
    Lois

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  2. i like spotting them along the roadways. be safe.

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  3. It is a gorgeous hawk, Denise! I wish I could help with the id. Great shots! Happy Sunday to you!

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  4. He's a handsome one! I like the typical fence post perch!

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  5. Cool seeing the hawk like that and being to photograph it, too! I sometimes see them swooping high in the sky.

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  6. nice images. I think the color is a bit unusual. But have no knowledge about it´s ID

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  7. Neat photos of the hawk! Hope you are staying warm and cozy indoors.

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  8. Hi Denise,

    How wonderful the photos are of the hawk -such a beautiful bird.
    Enjoy the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  9. Great photos...but I have no idea on what kind... Michelle

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  10. Awesome photos ! It is -6°C here this evening BRR ! Thanks for sharing . Stay cozy and have a good evening !

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  11. Hi Denise.
    I think your bird might be an American peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum). And if this is so, you are very lucky to have seen it - a bird that was brought back from the edge of extinction (due to the use of DDT). How cool is that!?

    http://www.esasuccess.org/nevada.shtml

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  12. He's a beauty! It's minus 4 here, but we have no snow :(

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  13. Looking around for a meal I guess. Great captures.

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  14. I LOVE hawks, Denise. They always seem to be so stately. Actually I knew about this post 'cos the link on my blog told me. I didn't click on it, though, just in case.

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  15. This is an immature Coopers Hawk. You can tell from the spots rather than a pattern on his breast feathers. He is a he because he is smaller than a female. She would be more plump but if immature would have the same color pattern. I love them and their close cousin, the Sharp-shinend Hawks who are a little smaller.

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  16. Superb hawk!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. They seem to sit a certain number of posts apart in Oregon, all along the freeway and country roads. They must mark their territory. Stay warm and cozy in all this early winter.

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  18. I saw one fly away as I opened the back door this afternoon. We've had rain like crazy and I think he was stalking our feeders. It reminds me of a Cooper's Hawk, but not sure. Pretty setting!

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  19. I see more and more hawks nowadays along the road .. in trees, on fence posts, etc.

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  20. Wow! You were really able to capture some great shots of that majestic bird. Congratulations!

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