Date: 6/28/17 8:38 pm
From: Tony Futcher via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] ID help with hawk today - check out this plumage
With that really distinct belly band of streaks, I don't see how it
could be anything but a Red-tailed Hawk.

Nice pix!

Tony Futcher
Hyattsville, MD

On 6/28/2017 6:17 PM, Stephen Johnson via va-bird wrote:
> This character perched right outside our window today, atop a 2-foot tall garden statue. Its cries (all afternoon, mostly from across the street) are quite different from our usual Red-Tailed, and nothing like Red-Shouldered.
>
> Can you folks please confirm - we think this is a strangely patterned, juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk. Right?
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S37855310
>
> What seems odd to me is the beige / light chestnut wash on the upper chest; and the completely white legs. Also the tail is all white from underneath; although, when the bird turned around, the upper tail is gray-brown. No tail barring, either from below or above. Lots of downy fluff behind the legs, next to the tail.
>
> The bird spent most of the afternoon perched atop a dead snag, calling incessantly, apparently looking around for adults which have not yet shown up.
>
> Steve Johnson
> just a bit south of Reston (Fairfax County), Virginia
>
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Hyattsville, MD

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