So great to have more birds of prey in our neighborhood recently. I saw the local Cooper’s Hawk Red-tailed Hawk this past Friday on my morning trot around the 80-acre “block.” But…wait! Is it really a Cooper’s Hawk? One bird nut saw this photo on Instagram is insisting this guy is actually a Red-tailed Hawk. Is it really possible to tell from this photo? Anyone know?

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.
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2 Responses to SOME KIND OF HAWK

  1. Laraine says:

    Hi, Jay, The mottled area across the lower front of the bird is usually called “the belly band” and is characteristic of a red-tailed hawk… the sort of stocky build is right, too.

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