Thursday, May 08, 2008

Tagged, dammit!

Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

I'm not fond of blog tags but, when tagged by a friend, I usually respond.

Tracey St. Peter, artist and The Hundred Dresses Project blogger, hit me up for this random game.

The Rules are simple:
1. pick up the nearest book
2. turn to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences
5. Tag five people and acknowledge who tagged you.

I received her email notification while working at the day gig. The picture window in my office looks east from Manhattan, over the East River, to Roosevelt Island and Queens. On slow days, I sneak in some casual birdwatching and, in case an unusual or unfamiliar species should make an appearance, I keep a copy of The Sibley Guide to Birds handy. Page 123 is within the Buteos section, and details Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) variants.

"[The Eastern red-tailed hawk is] slightly shorter-winged than Western; white throat, well-defined belly-band and whitish breast. Populations in Florida and eastern Canada show characteristics of Western. [Krider's red-tailed hawk is a] scarce, pale Prairie variant [that] is always outnumbered by normal light-morph birds."

Cheers, Tracey...but I'm not game enough to pass this one on.

Photo credit: image ripped from Zevotron's photostream


Tracey St.Peter said...

Cheers! I always come to you for my animal and insect identification needs, so a very fitting book selection. Thanks for playing along and I promise I will never tag you again!

Hungry Hyaena said...


Of course. Sorry for being the sort of stick-in-the-mud who kills tags. ;)