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Yesterday in southern Nevada.  Driving in an area I've only seen red-tailed hawks and golden eagles.  A largish, whitish, bird flew by, pulled over to get photos but didn't catch him well.  Thanks!

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I'm not really convinced this is an accipiter. What it is, I have no clue- the apparently extremely light underwing is very confusing to me. Structurally it doesn't really strike me as one, but perhaps Ferruginous Hawk?

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The long string of pearls created by subterminal white spots on the individual primaries is distinctive for AMKE and MERL. Accipiters don't sport them, nor do buteos. One can even sex AMKEs by the color -- white in males, buff in females. Throw in the reddish tail with wide black subterminal band, and the ID is straightforward.

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30 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

The long string of pearls created by subterminal white spots on the individual primaries is distinctive for AMKE and MERL. Accipiters don't sport them, nor do buteos. One can even sex AMKEs by the color -- white in males, buff in females. Throw in the reddish tail with wide black subterminal band, and the ID is straightforward.

It's at times like this that I realize how very, very far I have to go to become an expert at this!  👍

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2 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

The long string of pearls created by subterminal white spots on the individual primaries

I first intended to write "remiges," but decided to use more widely understood terms, but then forgot to include secondaries, as well as primaries. Mea culpa!

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