Over the past few weeks, the combination of the HUGE storm (100+ mph winds while losing power for 4+ days), my son’s wedding, and now getting our town home down in the Plymouth area of Minnesota has severely limited time out in the woods. Yesterday I finally got back out in the countryside day with my camera. I started the day at the end of Park Point, drove over to Cloverland, Wisconsin, and ended my birding in my own garden while barbecuing some steaks (and sipping some white wine).
Why “Unknown Birds”? Take a look at my first two images. Hawks are often hard to identify, particularly with lots of immature birds now around. Sandpipers just give me issues. I have problems with the sometimes subtle differences between sandpipers.
Post Update: My thanks to commenter, Adam Roesch, who helped me with the ID. The hawk is an immature red-tailed hawk, and the sandpiper is a buff breasted sandpiper!
Unknown Hawk (actually posted this photograph on an online forum … this bird was identified as an immature northern goshawk, an immature red tailed hawk, and a female northern harrier … take your pick!)