[CT Birds] Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk!
jimzipp at sbcglobal.net
Sun Feb 22 07:05:58 EST 2009
Yes, really rare in the northeast for sure. In 1979 I had the one and
only I've ever seen here in the northeast. It was in Stratford along
the river on Rt 110 just south of the Parkway. We have it relatively
easy when to comes to Buteo ID around here. Out west you have light
morph, dark morph and everything in between of not only Redtails but
Swainson's and Ferrug's as well! Makes things really interesting,
challenging and sometimes frustrating all at the same time if you don't
have a good long look at the bird.
On the Siskins Jamie was
mentioning.. I agree. I've been in my house 28 years and have never
seen even close to this number of Siskins. I still have well over 100
and have had up to 400 or more at times.
At the shop I've
been telling customers who are casual backyard bird feeders to take a
good look at their finches and more often than not they either have
seen them but didn't know what they were or tell me the next time in
that after looking closer that yes they do have them. I tell them to
enjoy it and not plan on that being the norm!
Also it's nice to see Rusty Blackbirds in higher than normal numbers at least here
with at least 18 today stopping in for a while and up to 53 at one point last weekend. It's been a good
winter for sure.
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From: Greg Hanisek <ghanisek at rep-am.com>
To: Dana Campbell <dana.l.campbell at gmail.com>; ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 8:33:58 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk!
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 ago.
----- 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 HAWK
> 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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