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This Morning Outside

by Diane Porter

March 3, 2017
Birdwatching Dot Com
Fairfield, Iowa

From birds we got the idea of flying, but we've never touched the refinement of a hawk in flight. Watch the longest wing feathers curl and open slots between them to control air turbulence.

Who is that big hawk? Look at the dark patches at the leading edge of the underwing, near the body. These "patagial marks" clinch it as a Red-tailed Hawk. Even a young bird, its tail not yet red, would show these marks. Makes the Redtail the easiest hawk to identify.

Red-tailed Hawk

Chickadee on hand

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