I saw a bird in my backyard today that I have almost positively identified at a Gray Hawk! Everything I can find says they "shouldnt" be found north of Southern Arizona! The Gray Hawk isnÂt even listed in my Birds of Denver and the Front Range book! But absolutely nothing else I can find looks even remotely like what I saw!
It was pretty much evenly light gray all over, and the three wide black bands on the tail were unmistakable--also the wide fan shape of the tail when it flew away. And when it came back, briefly, the third time and sat on top of my lattice, I estimated how big it was. The tail went most of the way down the first "space," so I estimated that the whole bird would have "taken up" at least two spaces. That means it would have been at least 14" long, and probably a little bit longer. The shape was definitely a hawk! Nothing else I looked up was even close to that heavy, blocky, hawk shape!
So my question is: Has anybody else in the Rocky Mountain area ever seen a Gray Hawk?
Sure this is a gardening question! The hawk was in my garden!