[Tweeters] Is this a peregrine or a goshawk?

Barry Ulman ubarry at qwest.net
Fri Apr 6 13:56:49 PDT 2012


I would also agree that this is a young Gyrfalcon. It is rather heavy-set for a falcon, and is more or less uniformly colored top and bottom. The bird has the suggestion of a mustache, which I have seen on Gyrfalcons. Nice picture.

Barry Ulman
Bellingham, WA.


On Apr 6, 2012, at 12:13 PM, Joe Mackie wrote:


> I concur with Kelly's ID on this really magnificent bird (and great photo): juvenile Gyrfalcon. It would seem more likely to see this species in that location than Peregrine or Goshawk, too.

>

> Cheers,

> Joe Mackie

> Bellingham

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: Nancy Wagner

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2012 11:44 AM

> Subject: [Tweeters] Is this a peregrine or a goshawk?

>

> I’ve been looking for sandhill cranes near Othello, and got lucky enough to see what I think is a goshawk in the fields just east of Othello. I saw it yesterday. I thought it was a large, stocky red-tailed hawk at first glance, and almost kept going. But I decided to get a closer look, and was so excited when I looked through my lens to see that big brown eye and telltale mustache! Question is, I’m unsure what I’ve seen–is it a peregrine or a goshawk–so I’d appreciate any feedback. I didn’t see the white behind the eye the prairie falcon has, so I eliminated that possibility. I posted a photo on my blog at:

>

> http://nancywagnerphotography.blogspot.com/2012/04/which-falcon.html

>

> Thanks!

>

> Nancy Wagner

> Bothell, WA

> Nancy AT nancywagnerphotography.com

>

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