I was walking the dog this morning and this is the second time I have heard this bird. I could tell it was in these woods, and that is was up in a tree, not on the ground, even though I could not see it.
I knew enough from the raspy, loud sound that I needed to start looking in the Bird of Prey category. I went to this website and checked out the birds of prey, clicking through to the Hawk section.
Then I got my handy-dandy favorite Bird book, the Kaufman, and looked to see which Hawks are in my area. That REALLY helps narrow down your options. I discovered there were only about four that I could consider. So, I clicked on those and listened to them. I had it narrowed down between a Red Tailed Hawk and a Northern Harrier. Then I read the Kaufman for the habitat and living location of each Hawk, and decided that it must be a Red Tailed Hawk, since they live high up in trees. The harrier does does not like to be high off the ground.
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So, it took a few steps, but now I am confident that I can now identify the Red Hawk by sound and obervation, which means I added to my knowledge and ease of identifying another bird today.
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