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October 16, 2017

Broad-winged Hawk

Usually a secretive eastern forest species, at least three Broad-winged Hawks were observed the first week of October on Chico Basin Ranch.

October 20, 2016

Red-tailed Hawks

Red-tailed Hawk is the most common Buteo or broad-winged type of raptor in Colorado and on the Chico where it is a resident. In spring and fall, the common light morph types are joined by migrant and/or wintering subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk that could be any one of the following types, Harlan’s, Krider’s, Eastern, rufous morph, dark morph Western.  They all look different and have variable coloration, but with a good photograph the subspecies or color morph can often be

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September 13, 2016

Cooper’s Hawk Caught

Accipiters like this Cooper’s Hawk feed primarily on birds. Their long tail and relatively short rounded wings enable them to fly rapidly through a forest in pursuit of prey unlike Buteos whose broad wings are made for soaring.  The the dark vertical bands on the breast of the Cooper’s Hawk indicate a young bird (orangey horizontal breast bands in adults).  Laura-Marie extracted, measured, and posed with this very cool bird at the Chico Banding Station. Male accipiters are noticeably smaller

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March 22, 2016

Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk

The anemic race of the Eastern Red-tailed Hawk subspecies is called “Krider’s” Red-tail and it is rarely reported on the Chico. Today there was a juvenile (banded tail) perched by Holmes ranch house.  This race’s characteristics are a mostly white breast and belly and a mostly white face with much white on the back too.

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February 17, 2016

Dead End

A sentry Ferruginous Hawk making sure one of the few Chico traffic signs is obeyed.  Notice the long gape (space between the bill) extending to the eye, the big head and the long tapered wings.

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February 9, 2016

What’s A Falcon?

Until recently, all falcons were thought to be closely related to hawks.  They all have hooked beaks and talons for tearing prey.  However, recent DNA analysis has shown falcons and somewhat surprisingly, parrots, both share a common ancestor, songbirds. A bit baffling at first thought. Falcons do not build their own nests but use cliffs or on the Chico, tree cavities.  In winter, our smallest falcon, American Kestrel, is common in prairie habitat where they use power line perches awaiting

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