• Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola)

    Common NameRed-tailed Hawk (abieticola)
    Scientific NameButeo jamaicensis abieticola
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation01/01/2018
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    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameSusan Elliott
    Mailing Address62 Heather Ln
    Rutland, VT 05701
    United States
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    Date Completed01/04/2018
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Sue Wetmore, ; Marv Elliott,

    Latitude of Observation43.819458
    Longitude of Observation-73.232595
    Place NameOld Sawmill Rd
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day10:10 AM
    Length of Time Observed5-8 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)150 yards
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)150 yards
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    clear; -16 degrees F; sun behind us; 0 mph wind

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Vortex Viper 8x42 (S. Elliott), Vortex Viper 8x42 (M. Elliott), Vortex Razor HD 8x42 (Wetmore)

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species


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

    open, snow-covered field; tree row where hawk was sitting on a branch; no other birds in the immediate area although Bald Eagle and Rough-legged Hawk were observed on the same eBird checklist

    Behaviors Observed

    bird sat during entire observation, occasionally turning its head, but no other movement

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    We saw the bird perched in a tree and stopped to look through our binoculars and take photos. The bird did not move the entire time. Its dark belly band caught our attention.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Buteo-sized and shaped; slightly larger than a crow, considerably smaller than a Bald Eagle (one observed about 1/4 mile east of the Red-tailed Hawk)


    dark brown hood with 'dribbles' onto breast; dark eye

    Feet & Bill

    dark,raptor-shaped bill

    Upper Back

    not visible

    Lower Back & Rump

    not visible


    dark, folded and not really visible

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    breast creamy white below the belly band, creamy white above with some faint orange-y tan markings; very dark belly band consisting of vertical bands, narrower in the middle


    undertail pale

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

    The bird was clearly a Red-tailed Hawk in shape, size and markings (but darker in head and belly band than Buteo jamaicensis borealis). Rough-legged Hawks were also present in the area, but those had lighter heads, white throats with dark at top of breast and white under-tail with dark band.

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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