What is it??? (It's not a plant!)
Ok! I know it's a bird! But what kind of a bird is it??? I'm assuming it's some kind of a hawk, but I didn't realize hawks had such "furry" legs! I thought only eagles had that many feathers on their legs, and it doesn't look like either a bald or golden eagle to me! I've come up with a couple guesses from my bird books, but it doesn't look quite right for any of them!
The reason why I'm trying to figure out what it is now is because the National Park Foundation is having a photo contest, and I'm thinking of entering one of them--probably the first--in the contest, but I sure would like to know what it is if I'm gonna do that!
They were taken on Wetherill Mesa at Mesa Verde the beginning of September in 2011!
Can anybody help?
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