firstname.lastname@example.org Posted December 31, 2022 Share Posted December 31, 2022 Seen yesterday in NE Missouri. I'm about 90% certain this is an immature Harlan's RTHA. There are also dark morph Rough-legged Hawks at this location, and I often confuse the two. When perched, it's difficult to tell if the legs are feather covered, or just "hidden" by feathers, if that makes sense. It's breast also doesn't seem as speckled as I'd expect on a Harlan's. But, I think the tail banding is the clincher in this case. Unfortunately, I only have perched shots. Interestingly, I found it's behavior unusual, in that it wasn't at all skittish as most buteos I've encountered. I watched it preen for at least 5 minutes at relatively close range. I've never watched a buteo preen before. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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