[CT Birds] Unidentified Buteo

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Sat Aug 23 22:11:12 EDT 2014

The photo looks like an immature Red-tailed to me. 


Mark Szantyr

> 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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