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Folks,

Is there a chance this is the same bird I saw at Whitney Creek on 
November 7th this year?  I reported it as a Rough-legged Hawk dark morph.

Ian
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Peter Manship wrote:
> Nice find Roy!
>
>  Last Feb 9,09  on the southern end of Lake St in Bridport, Bill 
> Julbert and I had what looked like a dark morph Redtail or a Harlan's 
> type Redtail. I decided that it was most likely a juv Rough-Legged 
> dark morph because after looking at my "bad" photos of it I couldn't 
> see a better ID. However a few days later someone else reported on 
> VTbirds seeing a Harlin's type in same general area.
> Did you get any photos? If so, would you email me one or two to 
> compare with the bird I saw last Feb?
>
> Good Birding,
> Peter Manship
> Ludlow Vt
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter Riley" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:59 PM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Your thoughts!
>
>
> 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
>> From: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Your thoughts!
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>
>> 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!
>> Cheers,
>> Roy Pilcher
>> The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont
>>
>> Speaking the same language.
>
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