[CT Birds] Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk!

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Sat Feb 21 20:33:58 EST 2009

This is a really good record. I don't know off hand of any documented dark 
morph Red-tails from the state, although there may well be some, maybe even 
a specimen somewhere. We sometimes get very heavily marked ones in winter, 
but a true dark morph as Dana describes is a real rarity.
Over 50ish years of birding I've only seen one really good example in the 
East, a bird that turned up around this time of year in Martins Creek, Pa., 
near the Delaware River. It stayed for several days. That was about 20 years 

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dana Campbell" <dana.l.campbell at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 6:29 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk!

> >From Dana Campbell:
> 2/21 - I-91N about 100 yds before the Exit 15 (Rte 68) off ramp in a tree 
> on
> the right side of the road in plain view, a DARK MORPH ADULT RED-TAILED 
> seen at about 5:00 p.m.
> I was doing my usual drive from New Haven to East Hartford counting the
> hawks along the roadside.  I saw this one from afar, since it looked
> entirely dark.  I expected it would be a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk like
> the one I saw a couple of weeks ago in Guilford.  However, its red tail 
> was
> clearly visible.  I exited and drove around twice to observe it.  Of 
> course
> my camera was already packed for Honduras tomorrow!  I don't know if it 
> will
> hang around, but it is one beautiful bird!  I saw one once in Kansas, but 
> in
> this part of the country they are rare.
> -- 
> Dana Campbell, Missioner
> The Greater Hartford Regional Ministry
> dana.l.campbell at gmail.com
> "The first man who whistled
> thought he had a wren in his mouth.
> He went around all day
> with his lips puckered,
> afraid to swallow."
>                "The First" by Wendell Berry
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