Learn to Identify Hawks with Chuck Otte

What distinguishes an accipiter from a buteo?  How do you know if the bird of prey visiting your yard and checking out the smaller birds at the feeder is a Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Cooper’s Hawk? What field marks and behaviors should you pay attention to when you’re trying to identify a hawk in flight?

This Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Chuck Otte, President of the Kansas Ornithological Society, will present tips to help you learn how to identify hawks seen in Kansas.  Bring your questions and plan to learn something new!  This event, in Marvin Auditorium 101BC, is co-sponsored by the Topeka Audubon Society.  All ages welcome.

If you can’t make it to the library Thursday evening but want to learn more, browse our catalog for these books:

The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots
A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors
Hawks of North America (a Peterson field guide)
Hawks From Every Angle
The Crossley Guide to Eastern Birds

photos (most likely an immature Red-tailed Hawk) by Kim Sain

Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, I actively promote the Travel and Pets neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. Outdoor photography, birdwatching, discovering new hiking trails, and reading nature writing and travelogues about Alaska are some of my hobbies. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.