|Common Name||Red-tailed Hawk|
|Scientific Name||Buteo jamaicensis|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||01/14/2018|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Richard Littauer|
|Mailing Address||10 Monsignor Crosby Ave Apt 4|
Montpelier, VT 05602
|Latitude of Observation||42.2525|
|Longitude of Observation||-70.8209|
|Place Name||Holly Hill Farm|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||09:30 AM|
|Length of Time Observed||5 minutes|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||150|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||80|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
60x scope. I don't know the make, it was my Uncle's. I took photos using my iPhone through the scope. Please see eBird checklist for photos; I was unable to download them, for some reason.
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
I've seen many Red-tailed Hawks. I've only recently started looking for subspecies.
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
It was perched on a dead tree with a wide view over a yard, closed in by deciduous woods.
Perched on top of a dead tree, around 40 feet up.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
I saw the hawk land, and spotted it in the scope. It stayed for around five minutes, during which I managed to get a photo. Much later, going through old photos, I realized that this could be an abieticola; at the time, I didn't know that there were subspecies.
|Relative Size & Shape|
Adult sized Hawk.
Brown. A small white supercilium, with a very minimal (if any) throat patch.
|Feet & Bill|
|Lower Back & Rump|
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Heavy dark dribbling on the belly.
Red. Not seen outside of sitting posture. Minimal banding.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
The main subspecies that would be similar to this in the area would be borealis, with a possible calourus. However, borealis does not have heavy dribbling on the belly, and generally has a very pronounced white throat patch. This bird did not.
|Other Notes & Comments|
Unknown. Please see eBird checklist for photos; I was unable to download them, for some reason.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|