• Northern Red-tailed Hawk

    Common NameNorthern Red-tailed Hawk
    Scientific NameButeo jamaicensis abieticola
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation02/22/2018
    • 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 Completed02/23/2018
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Marv Elliott,
    Sue Wetmore,

    Latitude of Observation43.8083502
    Longitude of Observation-73.2420473
    Place NameOld Sawmill Rd
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day03:01 PM
    Length of Time Observed3 minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)200 yards
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)200 yards
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    completely cloudy; no precipitation; fairly dark out due to clouds and time of day, but the bird was clearly visible with no obstruction from tree branches

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Vortex Viper 8x42 (all three, same make and power)

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Rare Species Documentation submitted for same subspecies seen on January 1, 2018, near the location of this sighting. Little prior experienced with subspecies until this year.

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

    open, agricultural field, no snow except some banks here and there along the edges; the hawk was sitting on a branch of a tree on the tree line between fields; no other birds of this species or any other species were present

    Behaviors Observed

    bird sat perched on branch during entire observation

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    The hawk was perched in a tree near not far from where we saw and reported Northern Red-tailed Hawk on January 1, 2018.

    We saw three Red-tailed Hawks about one half hour earlier on Griswold Lane, which runs parallel to Old Sawmill Road and which is visible from this spot (those were reported on a separate eBird checklist). Those birds appeared much lighter (especially the belly band) and were probably Buteo jamaicensis borealis although we did not spend much time looking at them or take a photo.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Buteo-sized and shaped; larger than a crow, considerably smaller than a Bald Eagle.


    dark brown hood with 'dribbles' onto breast

    Feet & Bill

    raptor-shaped bill; feet not visible due to distance

    Upper Back

    not visible

    Lower Back & Rump

    not visible


    dark, but not really visible

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    lighter breast with very dark belly band consisting of dark vertical streaks


    difficult to see due to position of bird

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

    This bird was clearly a Red-tailed Hawk and not a Rough-legged based on the breast markings (belly band) and dark hood, spreading down breast in 'dribbles.'

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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