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What an odd bird! By chance or design, do you have pix of it in flight? I'd love to see any such. Ageing it is my major problem. If it's an adult, then it's probably Krider's-ish. If it's a juvenile, then it's somewhere around the very-pale-Eastern/dark-Krider's interface.

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2 hours ago, smittyone@cox.net said:

BTW, don't yellow eyes on a buteo generally indicate immature?

The operative word here is "generally." Of course, many species of buteos have dark or darkish eyes as juvs (e.g., many/most BWHAs and RSHAs). Many Red-taileds in their first adult plumage show pale to very pale eyes.

This is a juv, as discerned most readily by its translucent wing panel. Thus, I'd go for Krider's or very Krider's-esque.

 

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