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Raptor - near Malheur NWR

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July 2nd, 2023 taken in the sage brush area along highway 205 from Burns, OR to Malheur NWR. The facial markings got me at first, thinking it was a Prairie Falcon, but the lack of leggings and shape are more buteo. There is almost a belly band, almost a bib, so Red-tailed or Swainson's...not Ferruginous, though I've seen all four birds within about a 5 mile vicinity of this fellow. I'm leaning toward Swainson's as there isn't really a v back pattern and bib markings.


Thank you!




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