millipede Posted November 14, 2022 Share Posted November 14, 2022 This first one is not mine but is on the birding in Massachusetts FB group and there's a lot of guesses with "I think" and nobody, so far, wanting to jump in with a positive ID. It's an interesting looking bird and appears to not have a tail. Can't tell if that's the angle or what. Facial markings are interesting. I have a rule that if I don't know what it is, it's probably just a red-tailed. HA. I just looked at my guide to ID a feature. Am I right saying it's the primary coverts? There's a distinct line on the wing that, I wonder if that helps ID the bird at all. This was in Massachusetts recently according to the FB post. And then, hopefully an exciting one for me. This is NW Arkansas just yesterday. Driving to church, already running late, I HAD to stop and try. Wish I had my actual camera with me. We were driving down a road in some open country when I saw this BIG white blob in a tree. By big I mean, this thing REALLY stuck out. I pulled to the side and tried to look through the scope(hopefully will buy a new one soon...) My son was in the back and could see this massive white thing and asked if it was a snowy owl. Before I got to where I was pulled over, this was SO big and obvious and white, my first thought was a bit of surprise I'd see a great egret sitting in a tree in a field. Odd. But, it was a hawk. I've personally never seen so much white on a hawk before. It seemed to have an interesting pattern on the back. In the field, my mind went to rough-legged... not that I would have been able to ID that in the field, while perched. In flight maybe. But, people have been seeing one(or more than one) in the county right below us so, that's where my mind was. Later at home I was looking through images and I FEEL like it could be one of two options. Ferriginous, which is what I'm hoping for, or Krider's RTHA. On the one hand, Krider's would still be exciting because, I've never seen a bird like this. On the other hand, it's "just" a red-tailed and not a life bird in that sense. This bird looked massive, which has me really wanting to push to the Ferriginous or rough-legged side. The sun was bright(ish, how bright can it be at 11:05 AM) so maybe I was not seeing it clearly but, it was VERY white on the front. I saw no markings on the face and only some color on the top of the head. Was a really cool bird to look at. I decided that looking through the scope from the van window was not enough so I set up the tripod and TRIED to use my cell phone. Took a bunch of picture just hoping one would come out. This was holding the phone in my hand and TRYING to hold it in the right place, which proved almost impossible. Only one single picture turned out worth looking at and, I think it is usable for ID. Was surprised... So... LONG story... I know. What do you think? Same image, cropped. The legs LOOK feathered, to me... doesn't look RTHA to me. I am bummed the head was turned as it is here. I have other pictures but they're all blurry. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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