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Hi all, 

I was birding today and looked up and saw what I assumed to be a RTHA. I took a quick pic and moved on. Reviewing the image after seeing it again, I realized that it wasn’t. It might be a juvenile BWHA. Now, I think it could be a swainson’s. Please help. This is my only photo. 
thanks. 
seen today, Orange County, Ca. 
just tagging some CA birders. 
@DLecy @Connor Cochrane @AlexHenry @Aidan B
 

 

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9 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Well, that’s upsetting. How did you rule out BWHA juvenile?

Brown throat, black patagial patches, lots of thin streaking vs speckling, tail pattern, overall coloration is too dark, and GISS. 

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9 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Well, that’s upsetting. How did you rule out BWHA juvenile?

In addition to the above, five emarginated primaries and bulging secondaries.  If the funny-looking bellyband was throwing you off, I'll add that Red-tailed bellybands are extremely variable.

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