|Common Name||Northern Red-Tailed Hawk|
|Scientific Name||Buteo jamaicensis abieticola|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||03/19/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Craig Provost|
|Mailing Address||P.O. Box 1241|
Stowe, VT 05672
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
|Latitude of Observation||43.616076|
|Longitude of Observation||-72.335870|
|Place Name||Connecticut River Road|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||10:25 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||10 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
|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.
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|Description of Habitat|
Secondary growth primarily with some larger trees along roadway.
Perched entire time of observation.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|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.
|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|