PATRICIA WHERRY

Bird Bits: The larger, local cousin: Northern goshawk

The Sharp-shinned Hawk I described in the Aug. 15 edition of the Juneau Empire is a jay-sized accipiter (a genus that describes some birds of prey.) It has a larger, local cousin, the Northern Goshawk. Read more

Bird Bits: The invisible bird

In the top of a cottonwood, a slender bird stretched a silhouetted wing and leg. That's it. That's all I saw. The gray bird, a variation of the "little brown job," was identified for me by Mary Willson on Beaver Patrol in the Dredge Lake area. Read more

Bird Bits: Killdeer, the plover with two black breast bands

Until a killdeer moves, they are hard to spot, white below and brown above with cinnamon feather edging. The rump has an orange tint, the legs are pale pink and the large eye has a red ring. Read more

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