|Common Name||Northern Red-tailed Hawk|
|Scientific Name||Buteo jamaicensis abieticola|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||12/30/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Sue Wetmore|
|Mailing Address||14 Maple St.|
Brandon, Vermont 05733
|Latitude of Observation||0|
|Longitude of Observation||0|
|Place Name||Sawyer/Needham Rd.|
|Time of Day||02:28 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||5 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.
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.
|Lower Back & Rump|
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|
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|