Ferruginous vs. Red-tail at Walnut Canyon Lakes
17 Nov 2018, 10:18 PM,
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Ferruginous vs. Red-tail at Walnut Canyon Lakes
Posted a Ferruginous Hawk the other day at Walnut Canyon Lakes. Seemed straightforward. Light bird. Blue-gray back & rump. No belly band, but some spots/streaks on sides. Light "fingers" in the outer primaries. Wing trailing edge white edge. Thin "wrists". No obvious red tail. Seen FEHA there before.
Distant flying pictures seem to confirm that, but the perched pic made me pause. That brownish head demarcated on the throat. Ferruginous usually has notable white throat. Couple interweb pix like this, but usually FEHA has white throat. Thoughts?

   
   
   
   
   
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18 Nov 2018, 8:19 AM,
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RE: Ferruginous vs. Red-tail at Walnut Canyon Lakes
I'd agree with Ferruginous. In particular the wingtips and the throat variability shown in online photos. Tom
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18 Nov 2018, 10:07 AM,
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RE: Ferruginous vs. Red-tail at Walnut Canyon Lakes
Pale supercilium and dark post-occular patch, white dorsal crescents ... not much there to hang a RTHA ID on.
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18 Nov 2018, 5:23 PM,
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RE: Ferruginous vs. Red-tail at Walnut Canyon Lakes
Also, shape/structure all good for FEHA.
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