Date: 1/8/18 4:19 pm
From: <brady...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
My first inclination was also Golden Eagle - hard to say!

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> On Jan 8, 2018, at 1:21 PM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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> No one considered a young Golden Eagle?? It's difficult to tell wing length from photos.
> Just my two cents....
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> claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'
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> Claudia
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>> 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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