Date: 11/23/18 8:50 pm
From: Tom Crabtree <tc...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Harlan or not?
Harlan’s don’t need to have a white tail. The white on the forehead is a good fieldmark for Harlan’s as well.



Tom Crabtree, Bend



From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Nagi Aboulenein
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2018 8:25 PM
To: OBOL Listserve
Cc: Nagi Aboulenein; Taghrid Elmeligui
Subject: [obol] Harlan or not?



Hi All -



While sifting through the many dozens of Red-tailed Hawks that we saw today at Lower Klamath NWR, one stood out as a possible Harlan candidate. Some aspects seem to point to Harlan, while others cast some doubt on that proposition.



Pro-Harlan aspects:

* Solid dark brown, except for a little bit of white on/near head and around nose.
* No rufous coloration anywhere
* Tail feathers were solid dark brown and vent area was white or light buff

Anti-Harlan aspects:

* Lack of white tail - some references say Harlan’s can have dark tails, others insist on the white tail?

Photos of dark-morph Harlan’s were hard to find online, so we were unable to compare our bird’s photos.



Anyways, looking for comments/thoughts regarding this bird. A couple of photos attached below.



Lastly - regardless of Harlan or not - what a beauty of a bird!



Good birding,



Nagi & Taghrid


 
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