Rough-legged Hawk….no.

December 29

Since I was visiting the in-laws out in Beaumont over the holidays, I decided to take a quick peek at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area to see what raptors the cold winter air had brought in. It was pretty dismal with just a few Kestrel’s here and there but after about 30 min I saw a raptor way off in the distance perched on a post in the middle of a field. I first noticed the nice black tail-band so the first thing that popped in my head was Rough-legged Hawk. I snapped a few pictures slowly working my way closer to it. I was so concentrated on trying to get the best pictures possible I didn’t really stop and take the time to actually ID the bird… After looking at the photos later I now realize it was simply a juvenile Ferruginous Hawk (and quite obvious too).

Ferruginous Hawk (juv)
Ferruginous Hawk (juv)

On the way out from SJWA I had a flock of about 50 Mountain Bluebirds, a very cooperative Cassin’s Kingbird and lots of Savannah Sparrows perched along the fenceline.

Mountain Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird

Cassin's Kingbird
Cassin’s Kingbird

Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow


Posted by on December 29, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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  1. Rob Maurice

    September 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Spectacular photos! Congratlations. I would like to use your mountain bluebird photo as an element in a logo for a small (ok, tiny) company, Bluebird Development Laboratories, Inc. We are a CAD drafting service in Sandpoint, Idaho. The mountain bluebird is the state bird of Idaho, hence the company name. My idea is to perch the bluebird on a caliper. I would very much appreciate hearing from you.


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