[CT Birds] Buteo ID solution
jrhough1 at snet.net
Fri Jan 4 12:31:20 EST 2013
I believe your bird is a Red-tail. The underparts are well lit by snow (?) and
look overly contrasty with the dark belly streaks. There is a lack of prominent
carpal patches that a Rough-legged would show. The far wing has a relatively
plain looking upperwing, which again would fit red-tailed. The underpart on a
pale morph Rough-legged would look different than this with a more solid looking
belly. Jerry Liguori, author of the great Hawks at a Distance had also seen
these photos and independently reached the same conclusion. Hope this helps in
New Haven, CT 06519
Was wondering if you can help settle a debate on one of the forums I post on.
This bird was seen in Hadley, MA the other day and has caused an interesting
debate as to whether it's a Rough-legged or Red-tailed.
I've yet to see a RL, but I'm having problems making this into a Red-tailed.
The two pictures can be found here:
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