Date: 12/2/19 9:05 pm From: <cgates326...> Subject: [obol] My dark Roughy has morphed
I was afraid this would happen. Tom Crabtree suspected the dark Rough-legged Hawk posted earlier today (by me) was actually a dark phase Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk. Tom sent my photos to Brian Sullivan (Crossley Raptor ID Guide) and Brian identified it as a Harlan's. Tom's thoughts were, "To me the tail doesn't look right for Roughie and the white flecking on the breast also seems to point to Harlan's." Poor pitch by Gates but a good catch by Crabtree. I added more photos to the eBird report at https://ebird.org/checklist/S61934344.
To me, Harlan's Hawk is the most befuddling of all North American Buteos. I've misidentified two of them in the last couple of weeks. You'd think I would learn by now.