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Today driving SB on M37 at 2 Mile, just north of White Cloud there was a massive raptor on a telephone pole.

I pulled over to try and get a picture when it flew up and started to hover about 50 feet in the air.

It was about twice as big as a normal sized redtail hawk. It was basically all brown.

It had light shades of white along the topside of its wing feathers and it had a very, very fan shaped tail.

Couldn't get a photo.

It was almost the size of a black vulture. It definitely was a raptor though. Feathered head. It wasn't an owl - head was narrow.

What type of raptor?

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That would be my guess...
 

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I was thinking that but thought it odd for an eagle to hover like a hawk looking for a mouse. I also didn't think that eagles had faint white streaks along the topsides of their lower wings.

But it definitely had a brown chest and not any of the speckling that you would see on a hawk's chest.

The Muskegon river isn't too far away so maybe it was an eagle.

I also did see a kestrel perched on a wire tearing into a small bird in its talons. :)
 

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I would also guess young eagle, unles there was open water, then maybe an osprey. For your sake I'm hoping it's not an eagle, they have been known to eat snakes.

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I would also guess young eagle, unles there was open water, then maybe an osprey. For your sake I'm hoping it's not an eagle, they have been known to eat snakes.

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Or rats. Or insects. :)
 
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