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Hawk(s) - Tillamook, OR


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First, I feel like after 8 years of birding that I must've missed a lesson if I can't tell a Red-tailed Hawk from...anything else...but yesterday I spotted this bird and heard it, and diagnosed it as a Red-tailed. The light was poor, and when I got home and looked at my photos I saw more red on the shoulders than I usually see with a Red-tailed Hawk, so I thought I should get second opinions. I just moved from WY to OR, and while I've seen Red-shouldered in OK and a couple of times here, including at this location, I'm not confident enough to rule them out. Seeing it in person the V on the back was one of my original reasons to go with the Red-tailed.

10/16/2021 Goodspeed Rd, Tillamook, OR

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We continued down the road about a mile, came back, and spotted a Peregrine in the same vicinity of the original hawk. This bird came along and the Peregrine took off. I'm not sure if it is the same bird or not.

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Neither are great shots, the light was terrible all day.

 

 

 

 

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