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I’m not convinced that’s not a Red-tail 

I think aside from the few wintering birds in CA Central Valley Swainson’s are still pretty rare, although I guess it’s March now, certainly by mid to late March there will be plenty of spring migrants

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2 hours ago, AlexHenry said:

I’m not convinced that’s not a Red-tail 

I think aside from the few wintering birds in CA Central Valley Swainson’s are still pretty rare, although I guess it’s March now, certainly by mid to late March there will be plenty of spring migrants

Agreed, it's definitely a Red-tailed Hawk. In the southwest (outside of California), Swainson's does not typically start moving until April. A bird this far north this time of year would be highly unusual and would require it to be at least 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. There's only a handful of March records in the state and no birds from February.

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