Date: 11/23/18 9:11 pm
From: Bob Archer <rabican1...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Harlan or not?
I should have said dark morph females have dark upper tails...

Bob Archer

On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 9:09 PM Bob Archer <rabican1...> wrote:

> 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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