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Jerry Friedman

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  1. The next bird on eBird was the Himalayan cutia https://ebird.org/species/cutia1/ which may be a misspelling of "cutie" 🙂
  2. Or maybe it's obvious that they both should report them as calurus/abieticola. Anyway, it's great to have the benefit of your expertise here!
  3. Welcome to Whatbird, @Greenesnake! I'm sure you're busy, but if you have the chance, I'll bet @Trevor L. and @chipperatlwould be grateful for advice on how to report their Red-tails in this thread.
  4. I've never seen abieticola that I know of, but 1 looks like a classic example, from what I understand, with the mostly dark throat, heavy "dribbling" from there to the blobby breastband, and unbarred tail (though according to this article by Jerry Liguori, abieticola sometimes has a barred tail). 2 shares some of that, especially the throat, but seems much less heavily marked, so I wouldn't be sure about that one.
  5. Very nice! (My photos of crane flies don't get identified anywhere *whine whine*.)
  6. Based on what @DLecysaid, which agrees with what Jean Iron said in that article, I'd say you were right to call yours calurus/alascensis. It has the barred tail and a narrower subterminal band. That would certainly be something to look for in Michigan in winter, but as far as I can tell, you could never prove that it was an abieticola and not an unusual Western.
  7. EBird reports of abieticola seem to tail off around the 100th meridian. Part of the reason, of course, might be that the Great Plains, especially the northern plains, aren't heavily birded, especially in winter. I don't know how to get a ratio. But Whatbirders in Kansas and Nebraska might consider looking for Northern to add to their collection of Eastern, Krider's, three morphs of Western, and three morphs of Harlan's.
  8. Raptor experts talk about dark morphs of abieticola on the Raptor ID group on Facebook. They're apparently fantastically rare, if they exist. See this article.
  9. EBird seems to think you'd have a pretty good chance around Wichita Falls.
  10. And the blatantly mismatched tail feathers help, as far as I know.
  11. RTHA identification is much more fun out here. Instead of lumping them all as "just Red-tails", we can go through different subspecies and morphs before lumping almost all as "just Red-tails". By the way, abieticola is seen at least as much in the east, if I'm not mistaken.
  12. I can't help, but I'll be interested in what the more knowledgeable people say about identifying the very extremely most rare dark morph of abieticola (the Northern subspecies).
  13. I was talking about the plumage because we were looking at photographs, and people had mentioned the shape, at least of the wings. Not to take away from the importance of flight style.
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