Jump to content
Whatbird Community
Viurre

Three from Yesterday, Western PA 11-11-18

Recommended Posts

If the woodpecker is on a standard sized suet feeder, I would say the bird is too small to be a Hairy Woodpecker. While we can't see the tip of the bill, it still looks more like a small Downy Woodpecker's bill to me. I'm sure someone more competent at IDs will clarify whether this is a Downy or not, and provide more reasons behind the ID.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Suet cakes are 4.5 inches on a side.  Nat. Geo.  gives the size of Downy as 6.75 inches and Hairy as 9.25 inches. 

In the absence of other evidence I would agree with lonestranger and say Downy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dang, I was focused on the missing black bars on the outer tail feathers and missed the suet block size comparison.:classic_blink:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is the third one a Broad-winged Hawk? I'm not comfortable in eastern raptor identification but don't they have a dark bib and sides and whitish wings?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For #2, pretty sure this is a Downy. I’ve noticed that sometimes the dotted outer tail feathers in the Downys aren’t always visible (or just not there at all).  The bill  is smaller relative to body size and has a more  “hunched” look than Hairy’s - to me at least. 

Edited by Winter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/12/2018 at 1:12 PM, Viurre said:

Anyone else want to take a guess at #3?

I would guess, and it would only be a guess, that this is a red-shouldered hawk. Broad-winged hawks are early migrants and most of them would have passed through PA by mid September according to HawkMountain. I know that birds follow migration dates as much as they follow boundaries on range maps so it's not definitive, but it's enough to influence my guess for red-shouldered hawk. 

http://www.hawkmountain.org/raptorpedia/hawks-at-hawk-mountain/hawk-species-at-hawk-mountain/broad-winged-hawk/page.aspx?id=655

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...