Sparrow Hawk, Marsh Hawk and Fish Hawk: September 2021

When I was a child, I was occasionally shown Sparrow Hawks, Marsh Hawks and Fish Hawks by my grandfather.

Bird names change over time and these species now have different names. As it happens, I saw all three today at Col. Sam Smith Park.

The Sparrow Hawk is now called the American Kestrel.

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

The Marsh Hawk is now called the Northern Harrier.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

The Fish Hawk is now called the Osprey.

Osprey
Osprey
Osprey
Osprey

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds

American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (female)
Great Blue Heron
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorants
Herring Gull (juvenile) with fish
Herring Gull (juvenile) with fish
Herring Gull (juvenile) with fish
Mute Swans
Red-necked Grebe
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mallards
Mallards
Mute Swan with Mallards
Song Sparrows
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)

Two Monarchs

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

MYSTERY BIRD

Sometimes called the “nuthatch” warbler due to its habit of frequently being upside down, this is a Black and White Warbler.

Black and White Warbler

NATURE QUOTE

“How happy I am to be able to walk among the shrubs, the trees, the woods, the grass, and the rocks — no one can love the countryside more than I do — for the woods, the trees, and the rocks give a man the inspiration he needs”.
— Ludwig van Beethoven

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Sparrow Hawk, Marsh Hawk and Fish Hawk: September 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Nuts. I thought it WAS a Nuthatch, because it was upside down! (Does this qualify as a trick question?)
    Another wonderful array of birds. Three kinds of Hawks! (Two sets of names!)
    Thanks, Miles!

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