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Tue, Feb 24, 2004, 1:37pm

I saw 5 large birds together today in the desert behind my house and I believe they were some sort of a hawk. They are predominately dark brown but when in flight you can see a large patch of white on their back above their dark tails (which is covered by their wings when stationary). What kind of hawk could these be? Thanks.
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Tue, Feb 24, 2004, 11:14pm

If you see a group of large birds like that, they will usually be vultures, and this sounds like what you're describing. Vultures, easily confused with hawks, tend to fly around a particular area when they see something at the ground that is hours away from death so they can scavenge it.

My guess is that this is probably what you saw.
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Wed, Feb 25, 2004, 7:51am

Thanks for your reply. These birds were much too beautiful to be vultures. I got pretty close to them (20 ft) while they were temporarily perched on a utility wire. After doing an internet search I found that they could be Coopers Hawks. I've just never seen 5 in a group. Usually I'd only see two hawks together. It was such an awesome sight!
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Wed, Feb 25, 2004, 4:35pm

That's really cool! You're right, two is about the most I've ever seen together also. I'm glad you got a close-up look, because from a distance (seeing them flying around high in the sky), it's difficult to tell the difference.

If you were able to get a picture, send it in to us :-).


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