“We’ve never seen a hawk this huge,” Tim Milam wrote when he sent this photo to
Smoke Signals.

Watch out Big Bird!

Big Canoe residents Tim and Julie Milam spotted this hefty hawk the end of October perched in a tree on Wilderness Parkway near the entry drive to the clubhouse. “We've never seen a hawk this huge!” Tim wrote to Smoke Signals.

‘”Julie and I have had a place on Sanderlin Mountain since 2015. We were driving towards the clubhouse to enjoy the Sunday brunch buffet, and spotted our friend just prior to the clubhouse turn. I confess that we reversed our direction (illegal traffic maneuver) to see the hawk better. From the looks of it, he may have also enjoyed the buffet!”

Does anybody know which hawk species this one is?  

According to the website there are five hawk species commonly found in Georgia.

There are five hawk species commonly found in Georgia. The website lists and describes the five species:

  • Red-tailed hawks are large birds, measuring between 17 and 25 inches long, with females slightly larger than males. They're mostly a rich brown on top, with pale feathers on their chests and undersides.
  • Broad-Winged Hawk, with an average length of 16 inches, broad-winged hawks are relatively small members of the buteo genus. Adults can either be dark brown or light brown, with pale flight feathers and dark edging to their wings. They like to live in dense forests.
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk are medium sized raptors, measuring between 16 and 24 inches. They're fairly colorful hawks, with checkered black-and-white wings and backs, and reddish-brown chests and undersides.
  • Cooper's Hawk are between 14 and 20 inches with blue-gray backs and tails and mottled brown and white undersides. They like to live in open woodlands.
  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk are between 9 and 13 inches in length, the smallest of all North American hawk species. Their backs are blue-gray in color with a pale breast and reddish-brown bars running across.

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