Very Late April Bird Book Giveaway!

My deepest apologies for not getting my April book giveaway up.. in April! But here it is.

Hawks at a Distance:
Identification of Migrant Raptors
Jerry Liguori
With a foreword by Pete Dunne

So you wanna win this book? Leave a comment here on my blog in answer to this question:

What was your most memorable hawk viewing experience?

Comments MUST be posted here on this blog, by Wednesday, May 11, at 6:00 PM Mountain time. If you must sign in as anonymous – I MUST have your name or a way to contact you.

Winner will be randomly chosen.. the numbers in the hat thing, OK?

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12 Responses to Very Late April Bird Book Giveaway!

  1. BirdingMaine says:

    My friend and I were dressed in camo and hunkered down along an inlet photographing wading birds. We were about 25 yards apart. Suddenly, a Northern Harrier swooped in and landed on Bill’s back! Poor Bill had no idea what was going on and flinched. The surprised look on both of their faces was awesome. I tried to get photos of the action, but they all were blurred. But I do have the memories of this encounter and we will never forget it.

    John

  2. Lynda Ackert says:

    Mine would have to be viewing a white-tailed hawk in Texas. Why? My husband and I are both birders…He has been birding for over 20 years but at the time of my white-tailed hawk sighting, I had only been birding around 2 years. We were in Tx just to bird and I had been on the internet the night before checking sites to see ‘what we might see.’ I had viewed a pic of the hawk online but had never seen it in any of our bird books for the U.S…Anyway, I didn’t mention it to my husband because I didn’t realize he didn’t know what a white-tailed hawk looked like. We were driving down the coast and we saw a hawk sitting on a telephone pole. As we came to a screeching halt – I screamed “That’s a white-tailed hawk!” My husband had NO IDEA what a white-tailed hawk looked like and was EXTREMELY surprised that “I” could identify it before he could! LOL

    — If I win, please notify me via my ‘hotmail’ email address (not my gmail). My email address is: lynda.ackert@hotmail.com

  3. Melissa says:

    My very first encounter with a Hawk is hard to beat! I spotted a Red-tailed while taking photos of smaller birds. I slowly moved closer as I snapped photos (just in case he flew away). He let me get extremely close in amazing low lighting. It was a photographers dream! I have so many great photos of this bird – it was such a great first experience. One of the better photos can be seen here: http://flic.kr/p/8cuF5T – I watched him make several attempts at the squirrels, but he moved on after about ten minutes.

    Melissa – mel1117@gmail.com

  4. Tom says:

    I can’t top John’s story, that one is excellent! My most memorable hawk story happened while visiting relatives in Florida. They have a patio that is over a carport on which I went out one evening to cook some burgers. I threw some on the grill and went inside for a minute. I heard a loud crash and went back out to find the plate of uncooked burgers on the ground. Puzzled, I looked around to try and figure out what happened. As I turned around I came face to face, literally inches from a red shouldered hawk perched at my eye level on the edge of the roof. It seems he tried to steal a patty but was foiled by the saran wrap covering them. You could see clearly the talon marks embedded in the patties. Shocked, I stated at him, he stared at me for quite some time before he flew off.

  5. OKbookwoman says:

    Jay and I watched a “gang” of 4 Harris Hawks hunting at a small lake in Texas. It was fascinating to watch them working together to get a kill! One of them dive-bombed a pair of mallards to “herd” them into an inlet of the lake where the other three were waiting to take them. They worked together almost like a pack of wolves! When the duck was killed, the Harris Hawks took turns devouring it. Amazing to watch!

    –Deb Evers (okbookwoman at gmail dot com)

  6. Anonymous says:

    My most memorable hawk story is when I was leading a photo tour at the Rky Mtn Arsenal Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. We saw a male Swainson’s Hawk swoop down onto the females back (she was sitting on a bison pen fence post) and fertilize her eggs. Then he swooped down in the bison pen and picked up nesting materials and flew to their nest. Awesome! Lbroeren@juno.com

  7. Nick Komar says:

    My most memorable hawk-viewing experience was from my childhood, while picnicing on a hill behind my house in Newton, Massachusetts. It was 1975 during spring migration, and an immature Golden Eagle soared high overhead, gliding towards the north. Bald Eagles are a possibility in Eastern Massachusetts, but Golden Eagle was totally unexpected. One or two occasionally winter in New England, but at the time, Golden Eagle was not at all on my radar screen – and spotting one migrating north over metropolitan Boston is a once in a lifetime experience, and apparently a memorable one for a 10-yr-old.

    Nick Komar, quetzal65@comcast.net

  8. Anonymous says:

    Both times I’ve seen a Gray Hawk qualify for this. The first one was at the San Pedro Inn, along the river. We had it high on the list of target birds for that Huachucas trip, and saw one soar over, just long enough to ID it. The fanned-out banded tail was an instant giveaway.

    The second time I saw one was in such a remote and idyllic spot, it was equally special. We talked our way into the Santa Margarita Ranch in the Rio Grande Valley, and hiked down to this super-quiet field surrounded by mature trees, and saw a Gray roosting on a huge horizontal limb.

    Dave Cameron from COBIRDS

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ok, not trying to enter twice, but just remembered that one of our most memorable birding sightings was one fit for this discussion, so I’ll put it up just for entertainment value.

    Driving to Barr Lake, we were just past the off-airport parking lot on Tower road, and witnessed a female Harrier, aloft at least a couple of hundred feet up, tuck her wings and drop like a stone toward a prairie dog hole. She hit it so hard we thought she must’ve killed herself with the impact. We turned a hard u-turn and drove back just in time so see her inhaling a prairie dog right there on the spot. After which she retired quietly to her tree, 50 yards off. What a treat to see that level of effort in a hunt.

    Dave Cameron

  10. Probably my best hawk sighting was a Gray Hawk at Salineno, TX at dawn. It emerged from the trees on the Texas side, flew across the river and just before it vanished into the trees on the Mexican side, it dive-bombed a perched Great Horned Owl. So I got to see a bit of great behavior and add a bird to two different lists!

    Rob Parsons

  11. Anonymous says:

    I would say it was the first time I saw a northern goshawk. I was walking from my place of work to our lunch room and nearly walked right into it. All of the birds around were going absolutely crazy. It was the only time that I can remember when I actually needed a 1 hour lunch. I just sat there and watched the goshawk fly from tree to tree looking for it’s next meal for the full hour. They are a majestic powerful bird.
    Ryan Carpenter
    everton6@hotmail.com

  12. Jerry Liguori says:

    Wow, thank you so much for giving my book away, it is so nice to see people are enjoying it and appreciating it. I can’t think off-hand of a favorite hawk viewing experience but it is fun to read about other people’s.

    Cheers, and many hawks
    Jerry Liguori

    jerrylig@hotmail.com

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