Date: 4/14/17 9:22 am From: Jeff Parks <lastimout...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: Raptor identification
Hi again -
Thanks to everyone that responded. The consensus is that this is a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, which I considered at one point, but wasn't sure about due to my initial observations. When I first saw it, it looked smaller than the other Red-Tails I had been watching a short time earlier, and it didn't have any red coloring in the tail. Also, it didn't have the tail fanned out when flying, looking more like a falcon at first. I watched it sitting in the tree for a few minutes, and the white spots on the back made me think Red-Tail, but the tail feathers looked different than what I thought they should be for this species. These darn juveniles always give me problems! I know that there is a Harlan's hawk that frequents the north side of Walden, perhaps this one is an offspring.
Anyway, mystery solved. I obviously need to spend more time studying these birds, there is so much variation in the Red-Tails that it drives me nuts!