Date: 9/28/18 10:29 am
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] dark morph hawk, Polk Co, NE
thanks for the info...I was sort of "leaning" that way (also had consulted
with John Hall)..but will probably leave it as a possible..thanks again
Marsha

On Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 11:38 AM 'Jorgensen, Joel'
<Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

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> Marsha:
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> It is difficult to reach any sort of conclusion about the identity of your
> hawk based on the limited details, but assuming it was a buteo there are a
> limited number of likely possibilities. Western Red-tailed Hawks (*Buteo
> jamaicensis calarus*) are dark, but based on information summarized on
> the Birds of Nebraska – Online (
> https://birds.outdoornebraska.gov/red-tailed-hawk/), it is a tad early
> for birds of that race to be appearing in Nebraska (doesn’t mean it is
> impossible). Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk (*B. j. harlani*) are also dark,
> but it is also on the early side of things for that race as well. A
> dark-morph Ferruginous Hawk would be unlikely in eastern Nebraska,
> especially in September. Swainson’s Hawk migration peaks in late Sep and
> early Oct and dark-morphs of that species are occasionally observed in
> Nebraska (https://birds.outdoornebraska.gov/swainsons-hawk/). Thus, if
> I were betting, I would put my money on a dark-morph Swainson’s Hawk.
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> -Joel
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> Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
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> Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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> *From:* <NEBirds...> <NEBirds...>
> *Sent:* Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:03 PM
> *To:* <nebirds...>
> *Subject:* [NEBirds] dark morph hawk, Polk Co, NE
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> I have been in a birding black hole - doesn't seem to be much around! Came
> across this dark morph hawk - no idea on an ID....I don't know hawks well
> enough - especially this color... It was large, and very dark, only the
> yellow bill and yellow legs had color. The white the the tail was not very
> obvious, no other white on it - I first thought it was a raven - it was so
> black!
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> Other birds of note: a small pod of orange-crowned warblers and 4 or 5
> white-throated sparrows (tan-striped). Notable lack of robins.
> Marsha Nyffeler
> Columbus, NE
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