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Hi all, 

 

Photographed this bird today in Vermont. I'm considering the possibility that it is a Zone-tailed Hawk or some Eurasian vagrant. Dark brown/black throughout so either a Zone-tailed or a dark morph of something. Roughly RTHA-sized. The longish, wedge-shaped tail, very broad wings, proportionately small head, and slight dihedral make for an odd combination of features that should eliminate all the common raptor possibilities here. Any thoughts are appreciated. 

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Hello fellow Vermonter! I agree with Turkey Vulture. 

2 hours ago, IKLland said:

Turkey vultures are not vagrants by you or really anywhere in the U.S.

They are actually. They leave for the winter from the Northeast. They are just starting to pick up in numbers.

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10 hours ago, Avery said:

Hello fellow Vermonter! I agree with Turkey Vulture. 

They are actually. They leave for the winter from the Northeast. They are just starting to pick up in numbers.

Oh, I meant not vagrants by range. I didn’t know they migrate there. 

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