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What Kind of Bird is This?

Can you help us identify this Collins Cove visitor?

Contributor Jerome Curley was kind enough to forward along photos of this winged visitor at this past weekend.

We hear the bird is a regular.

Do you know what kind of bird this is?

Let us know in the comments if you do.

gene June 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
That's interseting. I have spotted as many as 11 turkeys on Thursdays at City Hall
DanielV June 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I did some more searching and I may have to amend my guess of the Rough Legged Hawk as I am informed that it only winters here. My second guess would be a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/41/_/Red-tailed_Hawk.aspx
Dan Geary June 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Red-tailed Hawk!
Ellen Simard June 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I believe it is either a northern harrier hawk or a sparrow hawk
Amy Mckeehan June 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Dan, I agree with it being a Juvenile Red Tail ... he visits my yard frequenty off of Bridge St and snacks on pigeons that are attracted to my feeders.... he leaves me with the feathers and a few bones occasionally!!
DanielV June 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Well I am sorry for the pigeons but I'd rather have 1 Hawk in the area even (or especially) if it cuts down on the pigeon population. Circle of life and all that. :)
chester suchecki June 14, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Jared Robinson June 14, 2012 at 01:26 PM
oh hey, it's our hawk. Sup, Bird?
Timothy Donovan June 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I'm no expert, but it looks like a red shouldered hawk. Beautiful bird of prey, whatever it is!!
Teri D. June 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
It's a Broad-Winged Hawk. (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id) I've been working in the Collins Cove area and have seen and heard this hawk recently!
Celena Ulutas June 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
It could also be a Northern Goshawk judging by its bold white eyebrow.
DanielV June 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Those pics do look like it, it's just so hard to identify them as Juveniles and Females tend to look different from the adult Males. So either a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk of the Broad Wing Hawk but I'll go with the actual eye witness sighting as the photo's are not definitive enough to make a decision. Thanks Ted!
DanielV June 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Another Generic Picture of a Broad Winged Hawk http://identify.whatbird.com/img/4/49039/image.aspx?x=322 Another Generic Picture of a Red Tailed Hawk http://identify.whatbird.com/img/4/48536/image.aspx?x=322 Let the disagreements continue :)
Jenn Julien June 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM
There are actually more than one of them. We usually see them late in the afternoon over by Planters St and we have counted as many as 8 of them. We know when they are coming because all the other birds get really quiet.
Teri D. June 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I find the voice just as important for identification as the pictures.There's a sound clip on the website... If you're in the area, you'll probably hear this hawk before you see it!
Teri D. June 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Neat!! It's interesting how the other birds' behavior can be so telling. I saw two broad-winged hawks tending a nest near Walyo's about a month ago, maybe some of the juveniles are around by now?
Michael Berry June 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The most common large hawk around these parts is the Red Tail. Other common large hawks in the area are Broad Winged and Rough Legged. If I was a betting man, my money would be on a juvenile Red Tail Hawk. Go to Google Images and type in "juvenile red tail hawk". I think you'll agree.
KlassySalem June 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I saw a bunch of chickens up in the Willows the other day. Corner of Columbus and Beach, just clucking around on the sidewalk.
Mark Steele June 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Merlin.... maybe
Jerome Curley June 14, 2012 at 08:38 PM
American Bird Conservancy , http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/collisions/wind_faq.html estimates between 100,000 and 440,000 bird kills by wind turbines in the US yearly
windpower June 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Teri D the bird you hear is the Osprey
Gail June 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I saw a few of these in Middleton a year ago.one .up close playing with a mouse I also looked it up and the closest thing I saw was that of a red tail hawk.
Gail June 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM
we had turkeys on our roofs in March/ April on English street..The neighbors were all out taking pictures(myself included) at about 7:30 in the am. It was definitely a sight!
Cwheels June 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM
We are big fans of this hawk and it's offspring over on Skerry st. There has definitely been less squirrels and pidgins the last two years...Thank you!
Teri D. June 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Okay I had to bring in the big guns... I contacted the experts at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and they confirmed that this is indeed a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk! They also said the hawks' territories can overlap and they've often seen Red-tailed and Broad-winged hawks flying around hunting together.
pk June 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Could be, but a hawk at the feeder is more likely a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
DanielV June 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thanks Teri for the confirmation, I think the consensus was leaning towards the Juvenile Red Tail as it's identification. I have a number of interesting birds that visit my backyard feeders and while most are easy to identify, The Male and Female Cardinals, the Bluejays and the Mourning Doves, it took me awhile to be able to tell the difference between the occasional visits of a Purple Finch and my regular family of House finches and between the Downy Woodpecker family and the Hairy Woodpecker Family. I am very surprised at the variety of birds that visit my feeders on a regular basis. In addition to the ones above I've had regular visits from Flickers, Thrushes, Nuthatches, Warblers, Grackles, Crows, Chickadees and probably another half dozen sparrow species. Over the last few years I have seen some of these families grow and new birds becoming regulars. Purple Finch http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/42/Carpodacus_purpureus_CT3.jpg/800px-Carpodacus_purpureus_CT3.jpg House Finch http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/30/Carpodacus_mexicanus_-Madison%2C_Wisconsin%2C_USA-8.jpg/800px-Carpodacus_mexicanus_-Madison%2C_Wisconsin%2C_USA-8.jpg Downy Woodpecker http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/20/Downy_Woodpecker01.jpg/600px-Downy_Woodpecker01.jpg and the Hairy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/56/Young_Hairy_Woodpecker.jpg/800px-Young_Hairy_Woodpecker.jpg
DanielV June 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Here is a pic of one of the birds that regularly visit this feeder, I've seen up to 4 of them at a time in it and on it I haven't been able to get many good pics of the them but this is one of the best I've been able to take. I believe it is a House Finch but I know I could be mistaken about the identification. I've had visits from a Purple Finch that I've been able to solidly identify but not get a pic of. Since everyone did so well with the Hawk I'm hoping to get a confirmation on this one. :) Here is the pic of my ?House Finch? http://salem.patch.com/articles/your-neighborhood-gallery-6a0fe1aa#photo-10320949 Thanks Everyone!
Nelson Dionne June 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Nothing stays the same in "Good Old Salem"! I remember seeing an opossum on a fence around 10 Essex St back in the early '80's. I never thought that we would see the kind of wildlife we're living alongside in Salem now. I see rabbits are back; Pheasant next ? Both were common back int ot he 60's. What's next; moose ?
DanielV June 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM
When I used to live on Summer street here in Salem about 5 - 6 years ago we had regular visits from rabbits, opossums and raccoons, this year my garden is regularly invaded by a ground hog. This is one of the things I love best about salem, we have everything a city dweller has, Museums, theaters, shopping and dining but we also get a taste of living in the country with the abundant wildlife and access to the ocean. Salem is the best little city there is.


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