• Northern Red-Tailed Hawk

    Common NameNorthern Red-Tailed Hawk
    Scientific NameButeo jamaicensis abieticola
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation03/19/2017
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    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameCraig Provost
    Mailing AddressP.O. Box 1241
    Stowe, VT 05672
    United States
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    Date Completed03/19/2017
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    Latitude of Observation43.616076
    Longitude of Observation-72.335870
    Place NameConnecticut River Road
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day10:25 AM
    Length of Time Observed10 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)150
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)150
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Mostly sunny - sun to my right rear

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Kowa Genesis 10x42
    Swarovski 80mm STS HD spotting scope w/20-60x zoom eyepiece

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Have seen Red-Tailed Hawks in assorted plumages to include subspecies found in the west. Recent attention given to subspecies has prompted further study and more attention in the field. Have seen birds previously with plumage characteristics consistent with this individual.

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Secondary growth primarily with some larger trees along roadway.

    Behaviors Observed

    Perched entire time of observation.

    Description of Vocalizations

    None heard

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Noticed dark head initially. Moved further ahead (south) to get a better viewing and lighting angle. After viewing through my optics, focused on obtaining photos.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Larger than two crows which harassed bird for a short period. Hawk appeared to ignore them and they moved on. Typical buteo shape and posture.


    Head dark reddish brown with face darker and appearing black.

    Feet & Bill

    Bill dark bluish gray at tip. Feet dull yellow.

    Upper Back

    Dark brown

    Lower Back & Rump

    Not clearly viewed but entire backside appeared consistently dark.


    Dark brown as on back; some lighter limited amount of markings viewed but no pattern.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Brownish on neck extending in streaks onto the upper breast. Upper breast tinted reddish brown lighter than the streaks. Breast band consisting of various sized streaks; longer on flanks and becoming narrower toward the center. White below the belly band and on the undertail.


    Only the underside was clearly viewed. Appeared white through binoculars; in scope view and pictures a slight hind of red is visible.

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Head coloration, dark brown marking extending down throat onto upper breast (breast showing a lighter reddish color), belly band consisting of larger streaking, longer along the flanks and narrowing in the center of the chest all suggestive of abieticola and separating it from borealis.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Appears to be an adult; sex unknown.

    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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