[Tweeters] Unknown Hawk

Jeff Gilligan jeffgilligan10 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 12 13:52:45 PST 2022

I think we can eliminate the yellow sere or lack of it, as being an important ID factor. For example, see this immature Red-tailed Hawk has an obvious yellow sere: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2016/six-quick-questions-help-you-identify-red-tailed <https://www.audubon.org/magazine/fall-2016/six-quick-questions-help-you-identify-red-tailed>

A qyuick answer, without a leading question, from a very good Santa Barbara birder was that it is an immature Red-shouldered. He wasn’t committed to that as positive though. He has Red-sholudered Hawks that nest behind hs house.

Jeff Gilligan

> On Mar 12, 2022, at 9:24 AM, J. Acker <Owler at sounddsl.com> wrote:


> I’m not so sure about imm Red-Shouldered. This bird appears to be a buteo, and a chunky one. Red shoulders are more slender / less bulky looking. Also the number and width of the tail bars is not matching up with the photos I have viewed online of red-shouldered. Additionally, the cere should be yellowish in a red-shouldered and this photo has an all dark bill and cere.

> But I am confused as to what this bird is also.


> J. Acker

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> Bainbridge Island, WA

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