Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
DonMega, Chandler Oster, Ricky1977, txaquaguy, jb62
104451 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 84494
hopalong 76590
Pilothawk 74348
JDavis7873® 67382
John175 ® 62508
FattyMcButterpants 60659
Tritonman 57363
Derek 57336
SkeeterRonnie 52792
LoneStarSon® 52658
facebook
Forum Stats
104451 Members
60 Forums
837063 Topics
11950208 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Topic Options
#10838066 - 05/12/15 10:49 AM What kind of bird is this?
armadilla Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 1303
Loc: Burleson, TX
This bird was following my tractor around yesterday while I mowed. It would light on the ground and eat grasshoppers.

These are the best photos I could get of it.





I have seen cranes and mocking birds follow my tractor, but never a big one like this. I would guess it was 18 inches or so tall.


Edited by armadilla (05/12/15 10:50 AM)
_________________________
the armadilla....



Whitney Lake Online

Top
#10838105 - 05/12/15 11:00 AM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
Wayne P. Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3591
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
One of the birds of prey, most likely the red-tail hawk.

Some catch squirrels, snakes, and chipmunks behind my house.
_________________________
Humminbird Helix 12 CHIRP SI, 1198c SI, 1198c SI, ONIX 10 SI NT, Helix 7 CHIRP SI GPS G2, SOLIX 12 SI, 360, RC-1

Top
#10838110 - 05/12/15 11:01 AM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
Bug-e Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 411
Loc: College Station, TX
Pretty sure it's a Swainson's hawk. Several hawk species will do that, but Swainson's are pretty notorious for it. This is a dark morph adult but with a lighter belly than the average dark morph. A lot of the hawks are pretty variable in color (at least how dark/light they are).

Top
#10838411 - 05/12/15 12:41 PM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: Bug-e]
brandon f. Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/01/08
Posts: 2619
Loc: Nacogdoches
Originally Posted By: Bug-e
Pretty sure it's a Swainson's hawk.


+1
_________________________

Top
#10839348 - 05/12/15 07:11 PM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
Lovfldx Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 6712
Handsome bird. Nice Pics. He is definitely a hawk, specifically which one, not sure.

Top
#10839411 - 05/12/15 07:34 PM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
Blues Online   crying
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1739
Swanson, basically a subspecie of the red tail.

Top
#10840503 - 05/13/15 08:53 AM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
redchevy Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6411
Loc: texas
Your tractor exposes all the good to eat critters. I ran over a rat mowing at the ranch and killed it. Hawk came and carried it off shortly after.

Top
#10841566 - 05/13/15 01:55 PM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: redchevy]
armadilla Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 1303
Loc: Burleson, TX
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Your tractor exposes all the good to eat critters. I ran over a rat mowing at the ranch and killed it. Hawk came and carried it off shortly after.


What I could not believe was this bird was actually following me around. Would sit in tree near where I was mowing then swoop down behind me and walk around on the ground. Not in the least afraid of the tractor. But, when we went to the house for the camera, and walked back toward him... he had none of that. Would fly off. Those photos taken with a 200mm Zoom and then cropped to enlarge it more.


Edited by armadilla (05/13/15 01:57 PM)
_________________________
the armadilla....



Whitney Lake Online

Top
#10843575 - 05/14/15 08:59 AM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
redchevy Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6411
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: armadilla
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Your tractor exposes all the good to eat critters. I ran over a rat mowing at the ranch and killed it. Hawk came and carried it off shortly after.


What I could not believe was this bird was actually following me around. Would sit in tree near where I was mowing then swoop down behind me and walk around on the ground. Not in the least afraid of the tractor. But, when we went to the house for the camera, and walked back toward him... he had none of that. Would fly off. Those photos taken with a 200mm Zoom and then cropped to enlarge it more.


Yeah tractors are loud monotonous and relatively slow and predictable. Critters don't seem to be that afraid of them. We will be shredding and seer deer and they look for a sec and go back to whatever they were doing, on foot, a four wheeler, or truck they run.

Top
#10848896 - 05/16/15 02:13 PM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
Fish Art Texas Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/25/11
Posts: 154
Loc: Dallas,Texas
hawks like grass hoppers too!
_________________________
Joe Spurgin

Top
#10849594 - 05/16/15 08:42 PM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: Blues]
Pope1 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 1282
Originally Posted By: Blues
Swanson, basically a subspecie of the red tail.


What makes you say this?
_________________________
Pope

Top
#10867962 - 05/24/15 07:59 AM Re: What kind of bird is this? [Re: armadilla]
JACKTHE Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/28/11
Posts: 823
Loc: Roanoke Texas
I mow fields for a living. Hawks routinely follow me to catch rats and rabbits I kick out. I don't notice them as much on overcast days.
_________________________
Jack Theroff

Top



© 1998-2017 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide