Ken Cave took this great photo of an
immature or sub-adult Harris's Hawk.
Regular in the flatlands of the brush country.
THANKS for letting us share your beautiful photo Ken!
Red-tailed Hawk - the southwest U.S. (our) resident race (subspecies fuertesi, the Fuertes' Red-tail after the great American bird artist Louis Agazziz Fuertes) is the cleanest white below of all the various types of Red-tailed Hawks, with the same trademark red tail.
Red-shouldered Hawk - often seen around town or along river, black and white barred tail and wings, rufous barred underneath and rufous shoulders make it quite a stunning beauty, if the screaming isn't enough. Big on mice and such but also snakes, frogs, and other stuff. Usually along watercourses.
Swainson's Hawk - "normal" lite morph These are the ones that eat grasshoppers and grubs on the ground in fields, and migrate in big flocks here. Often they can be seen following the tractors in spring, for pest grubs, which would be an expensive service to pay for! :) White wing-linings and dark flight feathers.
Zone-tailed Hawk - our blackish buteo with a white band on tail hunts over town daily spring and summer. Also along ridges, and river corridor, and at Lost Maples. Note it usually appears "one-banded" on tail.
Broad-winged Hawk - a small buteo and a rare migrant here - note crisp black frame on pale flight feathers on underwing.
Barely Robin sized, these feed primarily on small birds, often at feeding stations, sparrow to Cardinal sized.
Merlin - a small fierce bird eating falcon
Prairie Falcon - a large pale falcon, quite rare here
Scarce, but some pass through each year.
They are somewhat falcon shaped with pointed wings, but unbelieveably bouyant and graceful in the air.
Bald Eagle - adult pair at the eagle roost on 1340 W. of Hunt
What can you say but WOW !?!
The winter roost is on the cliff face around the east end of Boneyard (Draw) Crossing of the Guad. River, they are visible from the road, bare eyed, better with binocs, and very well with telescope.
American Kestrel is the only common true Falcon locally, (and North America's smallest falcon) from fall to spring. They take lots of grasshoppers, dragonflies, and mice.
Turkey Vulture - arrives in February, mostly departs by November, but winters just off the plateau in the brush country. Note the silvery flash on the underwing runs the whole length on trailing edge.
Black Vulture - the Utopia Air Force
Some are resident in the valley, they are slightly more cold tolerant than the Turkey Vulture. Note the silvery white flash on underwing is only at tips.
Crested Caracara - a long time ago called Mexican Eagle, however, not a true Eagle at all They often scavenge with the vultures.
A pair will allopreen (mutually preen each other, like parrots)
Barred Owl - The best squirrel, rat and mouse trap ever built.
Great Horned Owl - The other best squirrel, rat and mouse trap ever built. They can even take skunks they are such tigers of the night sky. This is a juvenile still with down, but able to fly. It's horns aren't so great yet.