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Reader Submission: Can You Identify This Bird?

'Cause we can't, but it seems vicious to us! (Is it eating a squirrel?!)

These photos were submitted by Des Plaines resident Sandy Schillinger:

"Just thought I'd share some pictures with Patch of a bird we just saw in our backyard. It found some dinner in the neighborhood so people better be careful with their very small dogs. We'd like to know what it is and why it has a number on it. Maybe one of your readers may know?"

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Edward Stewart July 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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Gus July 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Bird is a hawk.
Amy July 27, 2011 at 05:04 PM
yes a hawk, but why the number? I spotted this on Maple by Howard on the South side.
GR July 27, 2011 at 06:25 PM
My daughter saw a similar bird near Howard and Mannheim, on the fence by the sledding hill. She didn't mention the number, though, maybe it was facing away from her; I bet the number is a tag from some kind of bird sanctuary or preservation group. Fascinating, what a beautiful animal.
John C July 27, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Looks like a hawk.
jsjs July 28, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Good to hear other people in the vicinity saw the bird. We are near Touhy and Maple (where the picture was taken). Several other people have told me it's a red tail hawk. Still no definite answer on the number though.

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