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Post by Pacowy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 5:16 pm

I'm no ornithologist, but isn't this a golden eagle? Looks like pics at least. Whatever it is picked off a rabbit in our side yard right next to the house.

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Post by Pacowy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 5:18 pm

Sorry about sideways pics.

 
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Post by coaledsweat » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 5:27 pm

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Post by Pacowy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 5:32 pm

Thanks.

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Post by Lightning » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 5:51 pm

I tried zooming in on it but couldn't get enough detail to make it out. Pretty cool if it is though!

 
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Post by Rob R. » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 6:06 pm

Did you get a glimpse of the color of the feathers on its back and wings?

 
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Post by Pacowy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 6:13 pm

Sorry no. Those pics and a blur past the window.

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Post by McGiever » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 6:27 pm

Wing span of golden eagle is huge and separates it a part from many look a-likes .
Better than 6 feet wide.


 
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Post by Pacowy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 6:42 pm

It was pretty big; can't say exactly. What would be potential look-alikes?

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Post by Sunny Boy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 7:01 pm

As Mac said Goldens are huge, often bigger than Bald Eagles.

Compared to the pinecones, branch, and needles, it looks too small for a Gloden Eagle. And think it's the wrong time of year for Juvenals.

Looks about the right size for a red tail hawk, which have become very common and sometimes have a pale reddish breast. We get one occasionally sitting way up in the evergreens at the back of the property (until the crows chase it off). It's close to the proportions of tree and bird as your photo.

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Post by coaledsweat » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 7:37 pm

Looked like a hawk to me too.

 
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Post by Pacowy » Wed. Jan. 12, 2022 7:56 pm

Thanks Paul and cs.

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Post by Hoytman » Sun. Jan. 23, 2022 12:02 pm

White feathers on chest with bars on the feathers...red tail hawk. They are bigger than you think. We have dozens of them around here.

https://www.google.com/search?q=red+tailed+hawk&i ... ent=safari



When you see an eagle you will know it. Those suckers are twice to three times as tall. Golden eagles have an all brown look to them on their undersides and chest.

https://www.google.com/search?q=golden+eagle+imag ... ent=safari



Bald eagle...
https://www.google.com/search?q=bald+eagle+images ... ent=safari



Could also be a peregrine falcon, but I doubt it from what little I can see of the picture. Somewhat smaller than the red tailed hawk but also has barred feathers.

https://www.google.com/search?q=peregrine+falcon& ... ent=safari

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