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  1. Wow Chipper, that was a quick and informative response. I have now looked up the cowbird and read of it's antics and believe you have "hit the nail on the head" and I thank you. (I love this forum. I've gotten quick and accurate responses to the 3 questions I have posted in the past year!)
  2. We attract many different types of birds to the feeders outside our kitchen window and can easily identify them, even if we have to resort to a field book. But lately we have seen a pair of cardinals feeding a bird that in no way resembles an immature cardinal. We have seen the adult female up on the feeder picking out food and feeding this other bird. And when that bird flys down to the ground, the adult male feeds the food it picks off the ground to this other bird. This bird is as large as the adults but more plump or rounded shape. It has no tuft on its head and is dark brownish gray. What could it be?
  3. We live in northern Ohio and have seen this pair of birds occasionally in the morning on our deck. It's a male and female that look and sound just like cardinals but their entire head is black, not just the mask, and they have no tuft.
  4. I want to thank you all for making me feel so welcome to your bird loving community.
  5. That video nailed it...same exact behavior that we observed. Although it wasn't that windy the day we watched him. Thank you.
  6. I used the word "hovering" because he would flap his wings rapidly to get straight up out of the tall grass and then just stay there for a time before diving back into the grass or flying to another spot, a lot like the aircraft of the same name. "The Harrier, informally referred to as the Harrier Jump Jet, is a family of jet-powered attack aircraft capable of vertical/short takeoff and landing operations. Named after a bird of prey." And we have concluded, with Kevin's help, that it is indeed a male Northern Harrier.
  7. Thank you Kevin for relisting my question. And thanks again for identifying the bird in question. My wife and I now agree that it was a male Northern Harrier. We live in the country and have lots of Hawks, mostly Red Tail, but have never noticed the Northern Harrier. My wife and her sister go out every Saturday looking for Bald Eagles. They spot at least 3 adults every time and sometimes as many as 7, usually up closer to Lake Erie. But we have seen a couple near us and we live 20 miles south of the lake. They have certainly made a comeback...in my lifetime!
  8. We get both types of hawk here in north central Ohio when I live. Yesterday, in the field across from my house, I saw a hawk-like bird hovering over and diving into the tall grasses, obviously looking for a meal. It was dark and had a white patch right in front of the tail. Every hawk with any white markings like that was located in Texas or south western US. Any ideas?
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