Bird Fact Friday – Falcons’ need for speed

From page 85 of Hawks from Every Angle:

While in direct pursuit of small birds, their main prey, falcons may reach speeds of more than 80 miles per hour. The Peregrine Falcon can exceed 200 miles per hour in a steep dive!

Hawks from Every Angle: How to Identify Raptors in Flight
Jerry Liguori
Foreword by David A. Sibley

FalconIdentifying hawks in flight is a tricky business. Across North America, tens of thousands of people gather every spring and fall at more than one thousand known hawk migration sites–from New Jersey’s Cape May to California’s Golden Gate. Yet, as many discover, a standard field guide, with its emphasis on plumage, is often of little help in identifying those raptors soaring, gliding, or flapping far, far away.

Hawks from Every Angle takes hawk identification to new heights. It offers a fresh approach that literally looks at the birds from every angle, compares and contrasts deceptively similar species, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field. Jerry Liguori pinpoints innovative, field-tested identification traits for each species from the various angles that they are seen.

Featuring 339 striking color photos on 68 color plates and 32 black & white photos, Hawks from Every Angle is unique in presenting a host of meticulously crafted pictures for each of the 19 species it covers in detail–the species most common to migration sites throughout the United States and Canada. All aspects of raptor identification are discussed, including plumage, shape, and flight style traits.

For all birders who follow hawk migration and have found themselves wondering if the raptor in the sky matches the one in the guide, Hawks from Every Angle—distilling an expert’s years of experience for the first time into a comprehensive array of truly useful photos and other pointers for each species–is quite simply a must.

Key Features:

• The essential new approach to identifying hawks in flight
• Innovative, accurate, and field-tested identification traits for each species
• 339 color photos on 68 color plates, 32 black & white photos
• Compares and contrasts species easily confused with one another, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field
• Covers in detail 19 species common to migration sites throughout the North America
• Discusses light conditions, how molt can alter the shape of a bird, aberrant plumages, and migration seasons and sites
• User-friendly format

Crossley ID Guide Blog Tour, Day 8

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Today’s featured blogs are:


Another Bird Blog discusses the raptor species the UK and US share and gives reader yet another chance to win a copy of The Crossley ID Guide

Radley Ice describes Montana’s successful Peregrine recovery program which is bringing the peregrine falcon back from the brink of destruction.

Amy at Magnificent Frigate Bird volunteers at some wildlife rehabilitation centers and in her post, she introduces us to a few of the raptors that serve as “education ambassadors”–Darwin the Kestrel, 0511 the Red-Tailed Hawk, and others.  Plus if you leave a comment on her post, you’ll be entered to win signed copies of The Crossley ID Guides.

A Charm of Finches post went up relatively late on the 18th, so I want to re-share it here. A terrific review of the book included.

Also, don’t forget to go check out the quiz at Greg Laden’s Blog. Post your response and you’ll be entered into a drawing for 2 lbs of Birds and Beans, Scarlet Tanager coffee!


For the complete list of scheduled posts, please click here.