Re: Dark-phase Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk at J. M. Perry; another California Gull
- April & Yakkers,
Mary & I tried to find the hawk April described, and we, as Jeff K says, dipped. There was a "regular" Red-tailed Hawk perched there. Since then, driving by, I've looked for a "different" hawk, but only seen various "regular" ones. Today I gave it another shot, and sure enough, the Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk that Denny photographed was there. It was looking about, and after a few minutes flew to the ground in the airport. Another Red-tailed took its perch. I'd taken some photos of the Harlan's, including some in-flight. The flight photo isn't as nice as Denny's, but shows the barred outer primary flight feathers, one of the distinguishing field marks of a Harlan's. It's on my website in the Yakima birds gallery. It's nice to have it not in the "Identification help wanted" gallery. Congrats to April for finding that bird. It's beautiful, worth getting a first hand view. It didn't seem disturbed by me on the gravel path/sidewalk right next to the road.
And I saw another, different, California Gull on Myron Lake yesterday. A photo of it is in the same "Yakima birds" folder.
--- In BirdYak@yahoogroups.com, April Adamson wrote:
> Denny, thanks for responding. That hawk has been at Perry since before Christmas. I posted a query about it three weeks ago, but nobody took the bait. I spoke to John H. about it and he was going to try to get down there to take a look, but I don't think he made it. That's a great bird, isn't it.
> April Adamson
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