[Tweeters] Strange encounter in Fremont

Kenneth Trease kptrease at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 12:48:43 PDT 2014


Offline, it was suggested to me that it's likely Ed Deal and Jack
Buttesworth are doing in-city raptor banding. I forwarded the info to Ed,
in case he doesn't see this.


On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters at me.com>wrote:


> Wonder who put the bands on it.

>

> Larry Schwitters

> Issaquah

>

> On Mar 18, 2014, at 12:23 PM, Steve Loitz wrote:

>

> male Cooper's Hawk is my guess

>

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> On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Kenneth Trease <kptrease at gmail.com>wrote:

>

>> I was riding my bike home from work yesterday, through Fremont, when I

>> flushed what I initially thought was a pigeon, scuffling around in the dirt

>> right beside the sidewalk. It flew up, and I thought "that's not a pigeon!

>> That's a hawk!" I nearly fell off my bike, I was so surprised. This is at

>> the corner of Stone Way and 34th Ave N in Seattle, if you know the

>> neighborhood - really not close to any parks or woodland.

>>

>> I threw down my bike and managed to get out my camera, which I just

>> happened to have with me. I also happened to have my zoom lens attached.

>> The bird was in a tree, so close that I had to back up, to get all of it in

>> the frame.

>>

>> So, I'm pretty sure this is either a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-Shinned

>> Hawk. It's got a rounded tail, like a Cooper's should. But, it was small (I

>> initially mistook it for a pigeon, remember), and the rounded head shape

>> and lack of a lighter patch on just behind the bill make me think

>> Sharp-Shinned (I'm looking at Peterson's for comparison. I was in the new

>> Sibley's last night, and it wasn't helping.)

>>

>> Any ideas as to what I could look at to help narrow this down? I've got

>> the best pics up at flickr:

>>

>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/kptrease/13249133815/

>>

>> -k

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