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Posts posted by Melierax

  1. The right bird is a dark morph Red-tailed Hawk, not a Harlan's. In general, Harlan's tails do not have red or a faint subterminal band. In other words, there's no reason why this isn't just non-Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk (I don't remember the subspecies in AB). I'd be inclined to say the same for the left bird but it's too hard to see.

    EDIT: Roughie is ruled out by the red in the tail and the lack of a substantial end of tail band (I'm pretty sure immatures have those too)

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  2. 22 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

    It might just be the recording but the first one doesn’t sound right for CATO. Almost sounds more like Thick Billed Fox Sparrow, which would be very rare. It’s probably just the poor recording quality. 

    Hm... my experience with California Towhees is that their calls can actually vary quite a bit. I kept getting confused by them while birding in Cali over the summer. Could be something else though, I see what you and @MichaelLong are saying about the pitch and tone.

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