Date: 11/23/18 8:55 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Harlan or not?
Hi Nagi and all,

To me, the bird appears to have feathered tarsi - something only found in
Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks. I believe your bird may be a dark-phase
Rough-leg. The underwing pattern seems ok for that, as is the pale spot on
the back of the head. Too bad the undertail doesn't show, but in the flight
shots, it looks to me as if there is a slightly darker terminal band - and
I believe dark-morph Rough-legs, at lest some of them, have all dark upper

Curious to hear some other opinions on this.

Great photos of a pretty bird, indeed!

Good birding


On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:26 PM Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>

> 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

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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