Date: 10/25/18 2:22 pm From: Steve Nord <stevernord...> Subject: [obol] Re: Is this a Harlan's Red-Tail at Fernhill?
I've also been wondering if the dark hawk that has been at Fernhill for about a week could be a "Harlan's Hawk. The hawk has been frustrating, in that it perches at a distance, but after many tries over the past week, got enough photos to examine this cool looking hawk. See my eBird report for photos:
In the ID article referenced by Bob Archer, there is mention that a Harlan's would have banded flight feathers, including banding on the primaries. The bird at Fernhill does not have banding on the primaries, they are all dark. That can be seen in the one blurry photo in my eBird report. I'm no expert, and this bird had me wondering about it's ID as well, but based on the article, seems this bird is a dark Red-tailed Hawk, with very interesting markings. I'm totally open to be talked out of it though, as I love 'Harlan's" Hawks.