[CT Birds] Buteo ID solution
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 4 20:17:23 EST 2013
My apologies for such a terse, simplistic reply about this RT. I was a tad busy. There are many excellent, similar, photos on Google images, as well as in Jerry Liguori's, masterpiece, "Hawks from Every Angle". Greg and Julian of course, nailed it. I instantly wanted to jump on that starkness that Greg mentioned, ie, "it's a Western RT!", but Eastern birds can show this bold pattern as well.
From: Greg Hanisek <ghanisek at rep-am.com>
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Sent: Friday, January 4, 2013 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Buteo ID solution
I sent Joe my answer - Red-tail - last night but apparenbtly didn't copy in the list. As Julian notes, the big carpal patches of a Rough-leg are absent, and in that spot you can see the dark "comma" mark of a Red-tail. The angle ofn the tail is severe, but I think it's pretty clear that the broad dark subterminal band of a Rough-legged is missing. I think sun glare off snow is probably making the overall colors more starkly black and white than they really are.
----- Original Message ----- From: "julian hough" <jrhough1 at snet.net>
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Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 12:31 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Buteo ID solution
> 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
> your debate.
> Julian Hough
> 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.
> Any thoughts?
> The two pictures can be found here:
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