Date: 4/18/17 10:50 am
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Mystery Hawk seen soaring high above NE Portland
That’s a nice Swainson’s Hawk for your Multnomah County list, Eric. Nice find. Notice the dark flight feathers and light coverts, that’s a good field mark for Swainson’s.

Tom Crabtree, Bend

From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Eric Carlson
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:15 AM
To: OBOL Oregon Birders Online
Subject: [obol] Mystery Hawk seen soaring high above NE Portland

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)

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!


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