Big Bird ID Request From Martha Lazarus

Hi Joey,

Some noisy crows attracted my attention to this magnificent bird passing by Lane’s Cove this morning.  Can someone help me identify it?


Martha Lazarus

bird, Lane's Covebird, Lane's Cove-2bird, Lane's Cove-3

My completely uneducated guess is a Red Tailed Hawk but hope to hear from the many bird watching freaks that frequent GMG Smile

CLIFFORD MCCARTHY Forwards this handy reference chart to help narrow it down

Bird ID

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12 Responses to Big Bird ID Request From Martha Lazarus

  1. Pat Earle says:

    Its either a hawk or ( don’t laugh) a bald eagle..There are some that live in Essex !

  2. Kathleen Henneberry says:

    Could it be an eagle? I hope more experienced bird-watchers chime in here. Don’t think its a hawk. The fact that you describe it as magnificent and looking at the the wings and head, it leads me to think it’s bald a eagle. They are really huge!
    Good luck.

    • Kathleen Henneberry says:

      Typo in last line; “a bald eagle”, although I kind of like “bald a eagle” it has a certain ring to it…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a turkey vulture to me.

  4. mckinnonjoanne says:

    I have seen a bald eagle in the past in Wonson’s Cove, East Glo.

  5. Bill Hubbard says:

    Can’t really be sure without seeing what colors it is but, I’d say it’s an Eagle.

  6. Rick Isaacs says:

    My friend Rob tells me that it’s an immature bald eagle! I believe they don’t get their “bald” (white) head feathers until after their first year. (Great pix Martha!)

  7. Susan Hedman says:

    Definitely an Eagle. Question is if it is a Golden Eagle or juvenile Bald Eagle. November is a great month to see Golden Eagles migrating through Massachusetts.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, everyone for your comments and references! I guess I would go with immature bald eagle, given the shape of beak and head, the light coloring on the wing, and the size of the bird. (Big.) A bald eagle?? Pretty great. We’ll keep watching.

    Martha Lazarus

  9. Terry says:

    It’s a beautiful bird, but Big Bird steals the show! ;-)

  10. Maureen says:

    It is a turkey vulture. You can tell by the finger-like extensions on its wing tips.

  11. stan says:

    my grandkids are sure it’s an eagle, they think most likely a golden eagle.

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