Date: 9/29/19 11:58 am
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: [obol] Re: One That Got Away? Zone tailed hawk
Interest sighting Bob. I just got back from SE Arizona. There were plenty of Turkey Vultures and a few Zone-tailed Hawks. They can be really tricky unless well seen.

Jeff Gilligan


> On Sep 28, 2019, at 7:31 PM, Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:
>
> As I've mentioned before, a group of 5 to 10 turkey vultures were soaring around the cliffs near my place as they do every afternoon. It was good soaring weather, calm at ground level but clouds blowing East and blustery wind at their altitude. The winds buffeted them around a bit as they soared in wide circles. From the north came a somewhat smaller 'vulture' with a similar profile and dihedral. The sky was back lit and all the birds appeared dark but I got very good looks at the size comparison. Red Tails often join these vultures and I'm very familiar with their comparative shape. It took me a little while to realize that it wasn't a vulture but the size comparison at least was unmistakable. Other than the size the most significant difference was that the mystery bird often spread its tail for greater buoyancy as it turned and was buffeted. This was very unlike the turkey vultures. The mystery bird didn't join the turkey vultures but gradually moved through them South, in circle
s, with the vultures remaining.
>
> Not a good OBRC candidate but can I count it as a Yardbird - - that's the conundrum!
>
> As was recently mentioned on OBOL this the time of year for these very rare vagrants in Oregon. Too bad I didn't have my camera.
>
> Bob O'Brien Carver Oregon

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