Date: 11/23/19 6:04 pm From: Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...> Subject: [obol] Harlan's Hawk ? ? ? - Willamette Mission State Park Marion County
Improbable, probably :-)
But since I am just coming off a primer on the (sub)species with thanks to terrific reading material on the topic suggested by several people on this list, I would be remiss if I failed to report the possibility.
I spent four and a half hours birding the park this morning. The first two hours in dense fog with not much happening, then as the air cleared the birds got busy and rewarded me with abundant good views of multiple species.
The best bird early in the morning was a Black Phoebe. According to eBird, this bird (species) as been observed on-and-off-again in the park all year.
I the hawk in question was observed near the entrance to the park as I was leaving for the day. The lighting was poor and the subject flushed early. Accordingly, the heavily cropped, over-cooked, dorsal view only photos leave a lot to the imagination.