[CT Birds] Unidentified Buteo
birdinggeek at gmail.com
Sat Aug 23 22:11:12 EDT 2014
The photo looks like an immature Red-tailed to me.
> On Aug 23, 2014, at 10:04 PM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> I re-read James' post and the lightbulb went on. I'm sure the "distinct
> white patches on what I'd figure were primary coverts (top of the "wrist"
> are what we refer to as "crescents"; translucent little arcs just inboard of
> the primaries. They are absolutely diagnostic for Red-shouldered Hawk, and
> once they are seen well there is no need to go further. That means it IS
> and RS. They are not white coloring, they are areas that let light through,
> so you have to see the bird at the proper angle against the right
> background, but once you do, the debate is over.
> Don Morgan, Coventry
> mntncougar at aol.com
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