Date: 1/8/18 1:22 pm
From: Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
No one considered a young Golden Eagle?? It's difficult to tell wing
length from photos.
Just my two cents....

claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'


*Claudia *

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 12:47 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
[slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:

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> About 11:10 yesterday morning, while birding with Blythe and Fianna
> Wilde at Cuesta College, Fianna noticed an unusual raptor passing
> overhead. Due to a brief camera malfunction we were able to get only a few
> poorly lit photos as the bird passed quickly and deliberately, heading to
> the west.
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> We wrote a few observations in the car, then checked the field guide and
> still couldn’t be certain of what we had just seen.
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> Later after downloading my photos and receiving a few from Blythe and
> Fianna I sent them on to Brad Schram for some advice. As we suspected,
> none are absolutely definitive. Brad suggests there are a few birds that
> could be considered: Zone-tailed, a dark morph Ferruginous and also a dark
> morph Rough-legged. Red-tailed was eliminated due to the wing attitude and
> shape.
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> I have put up 4 photos on Flickr shared by Blythe and Fianna and me for
> anyone who might enjoy birding by looking at flying away raptor images.
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> Brad’s comment was that people birding the Chorro Valley should be on the
> watch for this bird.
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> For now it will remain the very interesting raptor that got away.
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> Kaaren Perry
> Morro Bay
> *http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/
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