Monday, June 7, 2010

Calling All Birders

Last weekend Saint Tim and City Boy headed out on the river to fish. A stretch we'd not tried before. They came back with tales of a huge nest spotted in one of the bends. Sunday Tim and I headed back out so I could see it and try to get some pictures.

If I had to guess, I'd say the wingspan was about four feet.

A young bird (I'm guessing) who did not leave the nest as the other hovered overhead, clearly upset with me.

A hawk of some kind?

Nothing exactly matched in any of my bird books and the nest being on the river is throwing us as well. He/she is over to the right, just down from the nest in this picture. I kept the file sizes fairly large, so click to biggify.

Any thoughts?


Michelle said...

When I squint at the first photo, it looks most like the underside of a broad-winged hawk, but you also have the bigger red-shouldered hawks in your area and they are often close to moist woodlands, according to my book.

Heather said...

Looks like a gorgeous spot for fishing. Our fishing season just opened up this week and I can't wait to go out. Rivers are still high from spring run off from the Rockies though, so it'll be a few weeks. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Is it an osprey??? My parents live near a river and there are a lot of big osprey nests there. Great pictures whatever type of bird it is ;)

Tammy said...

Looks like some sort of hawk--similar to the redtail hawks we have here, but it looks quite a bit bigger. Very nice pictures and what a find--to see it's nest!

Gayle said...

I have no clue, but they sure are beautiful photos. What a lucky find.

DayPhoto said...

That last shot is perfect! You should frame it!


Alice said...

That is one mansion-sized bird nest in a great location! Looks like a red-shouldered hawk that I saw through the Cincinnati Zoo, but only a guess. Hope you get some more great shots!

Cynthia said...

I would say red shouldered hawk as well. Lovely, lovely photos!

flowerweaver said...

The juvenile does look like it could be a Red-shouldered Hawk. they do nest in your area and live near water. But the flying adult would have had an orange underside and striped tail, which is not evident in your photo.

The Mississippi Kite ranges into the western most tip of KY so this might be possible. In juvenile form it has the flecks but as an adult it has no markings, which seems to match your photos.

The missing information here, something you might have seen but not captured with your camera... was there any banding or color changes on the underside of the flying adult, and did you get to see the tail of the juvenile?


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