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  1. The thin crisp streaks on the breast and lack of any UTC markings are leaning to juvi COHA for me.
  2. I see strong barring on the greater coverts which suggests AMWI. EUWI coverts would have dark centers with weak bars. On my computer screen the head looks quite gray.
  3. I see wide and fairly blurry chest markings, along with some barring on the flanks, and fairly even-length retrices - - all pointing me to SSHA.
  4. Merlin and Red-tailed Hawk are correct.
  5. A dark-morph harlani would typically appear quite black, and usually variably streaked with white. I see nothing in these photos that decidedly moves to Harlan's. Perhaps then just a dark or intermediate morph calurus.
  6. I think your oranger-billed photo may be Z.l. gambelii, unless it's a yellow bill stained orange by fruit? The yellower-billed photos appear to be Z.l.nuttalli.
  7. Yes. You'll often find their tails described as fan-shaped (crow) or wedge-shaped (raven). Most field guides note this.
  8. 2nd Cycle Thayer's Iceland perhaps. Wait for other opinions though.
  9. western MT, Dec 19,2019. Would like some feedback or confirmation on this one. I am thinking dark-morph juvi Harlan's. Juvenile - because it lacks subterminal bands on retrices and remiges. Harlan's - because it was a very dark bird with white speckles on throat, belly, and back, and... this from HawkWatch Int'l website: "Dark-morph Juvenile ranges from completely streaked below to solidly dark. Juvenile typically has outer primaries banded at the tips, and tail tip shows "spiked" look " This bird displays the outer primaries banded at the tips, but unless the tail is worn, I don't think I can make out a "spiked" look.
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