[Tweeters] Dark morph Red-tailed Hawk

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 08:20:55 PST 2021


This is a very beautiful very dark morph Red-tailed Hawk. Harlan's
typically show a tail with grizzled white and limited red (the actual
pattern is highly variable), and also a white necklace (scattered white
spots) across the breast. Additionally, the tone of dark is more coal on
Harlan's and chocolate on Red-tailed. Your pic is a little dark so this
last feature is difficult to assess, but the tail is clearly solid red.
Harlan's are often quite skittish, flushing at 300 yards or more.

On Thu, Nov 25, 2021 at 6:59 AM Nancy Morrison <weedsrus1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I was in the Skagit Valley on Tuesday on Bow Edison Road. I spotted this

> Red-tailed Hawk with the most unusual coloration I have ever seen. The

> question is: is this a Harlan's, or something else. Here is a link to my

> blog post about it:


> https://naturebynancy.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/dark-morph-red-tailed-hawk


> Nancy Morrison

> Lake Forest Park

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