• Northern Red-tailed Hawk

    Common NameNorthern Red-tailed Hawk
    Scientific NameButeo jamaicensis abieticola
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation12/30/2017
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observedone
    Reporting Observer's NameSue Wetmore
    Mailing Address14 Maple St.
    Brandon, Vermont 05733
    United States
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    Date Completed01/04/2018
    Latitude of Observation0
    Longitude of Observation0
    Place NameSawyer/Needham Rd.
    Time of Day02:28 PM
    Length of Time Observed5 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)35 feet
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)same
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    none, sky clear

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Vortex Razor HD 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Familiar with red-tailed hawks but not with this subspecies.

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

    small wooded area adjacent to open farm fields.

    Behaviors Observed

    Bird was perched and not active.

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    As I turned onto the road I noted the raptor perched on the tree limb. It was different than other red-tailed hawks that I was used to seeing. I took a photo to document the bird.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Typical buteo shape , large sized raptor.


    head was all dark brown.

    Feet & Bill

    feet were tucked into feathers so not seen. Bill appeared dark.

    Upper Back

    not seen

    Lower Back & Rump

    not seen


    wings from side view were dark with some white spots. Length was nearly as long as tail projection.

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Upper breast had the dark brown dribbles from the head. Belly band was dark and extensive. From what I could see undertail coverts appeared to be whitish.


    Tail itself was obscured by branch.

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

    Red-tailed hawk ----as this bird had such dark head, belly band and the dribbles onto the upper breast.

    Other Notes & Comments

    assumed adult

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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