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Probably Red-tailed Hawk?

Posted: Apr 22 3:39 pm
by stumblingpiper
Was on the road in North Kelowna today (22 Apr 19) and saw this Hawk on the wire. Couldn't see the front of it ... used Merlin to identify the picture and it said Swainson's or Broad-winged. I think Redtailed. Maybe with the longer wings (against the tail) it might be Swainson's, but those are rare around here.

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Re: Probably Red-tailed Hawk?

Posted: Apr 22 7:18 pm
by indobirder
I would say Red-tailed Hawk based on pattern on back.

Re: Probably Red-tailed Hawk?

Posted: May 13 10:55 pm
by Owlet
nope, definitely a Swainson's. the yellow mark at the base of the upper mandible, white belly color and mantle/wing coloring all point to a perfect adult male light-morph swainson's. One of my fav birds - dont get them here on the coast but often in the interior. good find! those are pretty tough to get.

Re: Probably Red-tailed Hawk?

Posted: May 15 3:37 pm
by stumblingpiper
Owlet wrote:
May 13 10:55 pm
nope, definitely a Swainson's. the yellow mark at the base of the upper mandible, white belly color and mantle/wing coloring all point to a perfect adult male light-morph swainson's. One of my fav birds - dont get them here on the coast but often in the interior. good find! those are pretty tough to get.
Woo Hoo! Thanks Adam! I'll just copy this over to the BC Bird 2019 list. haha.
James