Roy, I have seen one dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk in many hours spanning 25 years of observing in Vermont. The point being; anything's possible and you saw what you saw. They may be more prevalent in the west but they do occur here. Ted Murin has reported a dark morph Broadwing and many (including me) have seen albino and leucistic Red-Tails. Hawks are more variable than many other birds species. One more reason to love them!
> Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 21:28:06 -0500
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> Observer's final stop of the day was East Creek in Orwell, [Garganey site
> in 1988]. Initially not a single bird was seen but then a buteo passed
> overhead first observed at about one o'clock going away.! The bird was dark
> gray, black primaries but with no banner marks as viewed in the ventral
> position. Completely black and gray. The birds flight was leisurely but
> direct, progressing in a southerly direction with several deep flaps followed by
> a glide. Red tail in size.
> What are the chances of a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk? This observer has
> not seen one in Vermont!
> Roy Pilcher
> The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont
> Speaking the same language.
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