How about the Rough-legged Hawk? It has a dark head, light throat and dark all lower belly band. It has a white and black under wing pattern and under tail pattern. Do not have my Sibley's here but I think it is the Juvenile that is the darkest, maybe the female.
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marcia Baker
Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 12:43 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Help needed.
There is a large raptor in the back field about 150 yards from me in Brownsville. It has been feasting on a dead animal, possibly a newborn calf, for the past hour. It is just smaller than the wild turkeys that have been parading by the area. It has a rounded black head, a Snow White throat and breast down to a dark band, and then it is white under the tail. There is also a white patch on the middle bottom of the wing. The rest of the bird is black. I can see no bands on the tail, but there may be some. I can't find anything in Peterson or Sibley that is an exact match. Any help would be very much appreciated.
Marcia Baker in Brownsville, aka West Windsor Sent from my iPad
> On Jan 8, 2017, at 7:52 PM, Evergreen Erb <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yesterday (Saturday), on an all day, leisurely drive from Jericho down to Shoreham and back, my daughter Isis, friend Raven Davis, and I tallied an impressive number of raptors. We did not double count if we traveled on any of the roads we had been on before that day. Here’s what we saw….all so wonderful! Obviously we saw other birds too; these are just the raptors.
> 47 Red-tailed Hawks
> 26 Rough-legged Hawks
> 7 Northern Harriers
> 8 Ravens
> 2 Merlins
> Alas, no Eagles or Peregrines (although we had seen Peregrines on one
> of the same roads last week). It was a fun day to be out in our
> beautiful state. Filled with gratitude to live in Vermont, Evergreen
> Erb of Jericho