[CT Birds] Dark Raptor

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Thu Jan 3 21:15:13 EST 2013


I had a very dark (almost black) Buteo a few days ago in the trees at  
Grass Island in Guilford. From a distance in binoculars it looked like  
a dark Rough-legged to me. It finally took off and flew over East  
River marsh. It was the darkest Redtail I had ever seen! I have to  
admit, although it was a beautiful dark Redtail, I was hoping for a  

Keith Mueller

Quoting peeplo at aol.com:

> Hi all,
> Has anyone seen a dark Red-tailed Hawk along Route 15, between exit  
> 63 and 65, in the North Haven to Wallingford stretch lately?  I saw  
> a dark raptor with two-toned wings out of the corner of my eye. My  
> impression of shape and wing pattern looked more like a Red-tailed  
> Hawk then a Rough-legged to me; I only had a quick glimpse so I  
> can't rule out Rough-legged. I'm just curious to see what dark  
> raptor, if any, has been seen in the area. Thanks.
> Frank Gallo
> Milford
> Life is short. Bird often.
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