• Red-tailed Hawk (abieticola)

    Common NameRed-tailed Hawk (abieticola)
    Scientific NameButeo jamaicensis abieticola
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation01/01/2018
    Media
    • Other Documentation of Observation
    • Other Documentation of Observation
    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
    TownshipOrwell
    CountyAddison
    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

    none

    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

    none

    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)

    Head

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

    Feet & Bill

    dark,raptor-shaped bill

    Upper Back

    not visible

    Lower Back & Rump

    not visible

    Wings

    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

    Tail

    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

    n/a

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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