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Identifies Bird on Wire in Russell Co., KY as Chickenhawk

Comments re photo 38932 Birds of Kentucky ID on bird.

Angela McVay writes:
I think it looks like a chickenhawk.Angela

Thanks. According to All About Birds: Cooper's Hawk "Chicken Hawk" is an "Other Name" for a Cooper's Hawk. The Cooper's Hawk is a year-round bird in this area. Wikipedia says that "Chickenhawk" is a common name for Cooper's Hawk, Sharp Shinned Hawk, and Red-tailed Hawk.

Some of our friends have identified the bird in the photo as Red-Tailed Hawk; still another friend calls it an Immature Bald Eagle, and yet another friend is of the persuasion that there is no such thing as a "Chicken Hawk." On this Issue, and not wishing to beat around the bush a-tall, CM unequivocally stands shoulder to shoulder with our friends. Let there be absolutely no misunderstanding on that. -CM

This story was posted on 2011-01-28 05:45:25
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