Date: 11/23/18 9:10 pm
From: Bob Archer <rabican1...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Harlan or not?
My first impression was Rough-legged, was about to suggest such then I saw
Hendrik beat me to it. Saw one just like this last winter, female
Rough-legged have all dark tails. .

Bob Archer
PDX

On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:55 PM Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...> wrote:

> 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
> tails.
>
> Curious to hear some other opinions on this.
>
> Great photos of a pretty bird, indeed!
>
> Good birding
>
> Hendrik
>
> On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:26 PM Nagi Aboulenein <nagi.aboulenein...>
> wrote:
>
>> 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
>
>
> *"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." -- Gary Snyder*
>

 
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