Date: 4/18/17 10:56 am
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Mystery Hawk seen soaring high above NE Portland


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> From: "Lethaby, Nick" <nlethaby...>
> Subject: RE: [obol] Mystery Hawk seen soaring high above NE Portland
> Date: April 18, 2017 at 10:53:33 AM PDT
> To: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
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> Definitely a Swainson’s. This type of appearance is common in the California population, which hopefully is expanding into the Willamette Valley.
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> From: Jeff Gilligan [mailto:<jeffgilligan10...> <mailto:<jeffgilligan10...>]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:25 AM
> To: <carl8630...> <mailto:<carl8630...>
> Subject: Re: [obol] Mystery Hawk seen soaring high above NE Portland
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> Nice find Eric. I agree that it is a rufous-phase Swainson’s Hawk.
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> http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/3783453348_810cc0a783.jpg <http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/3783453348_810cc0a783.jpg>
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> Jeff Gilligan
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> On Apr 18, 2017, at 10:14 AM, Eric Carlson <carl8630...> <mailto:<carl8630...>> wrote:
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> 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.
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> Lucky me, I found one, but I'm not sure what it is.
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> (link below and photo attached)
> https://ericarlson.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/20170418-_t9a9477.jpg?w=238 <https://ericarlson.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/20170418-_t9a9477.jpg?w=238>
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> Coloration on body looks right for a Northern Harrier, but wings don't quite look right and its tail appears too short
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> 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.
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> I'm stumped, and I would really appreciate another opinion (or several).
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> Migration is here!
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> ERIC


 
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