Date: 4/18/17 10:36 am From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> Subject: [obol] Re: Mystery Hawk seen soaring high above NE Portland
I am notoriously bad on raptors, but I don't think this is a harrier (famous last words) and Swainson's (which is quite variable) fits pretty well. I think it has scrunched its wings a bit for a power glide. This is the right time of year for Swainson's.
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> On Apr 18, 2017, at 10:14 AM, Eric Carlson <carl8630...> wrote:
> I was out bird watching today at the base of Rocky Butte and remembered that I should look up every once in a while, 'cause that's where the birds are.
> Lucky me, I found one, but I'm not sure what it is.
> (link below and photo attached)
> https://ericarlson.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/20170418-_t9a9477.jpg?w=238 >
> Coloration on body looks right for a Northern Harrier, but wings don't quite look right and its tail appears too short
> Body shape looks right for Swainson's, but it isn't a color morph my Sibley's guide has, and this is not a bird I have seen more than a handful of times.
> I'm stumped, and I would really appreciate another opinion (or several).
> Migration is here!