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Today Palo Pinto Co. TX. (North central TX.)

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With that finely barred tail and primaries, mostly pale tail, and stocky appearance, this looks good for a young Harlan's RT Hawk in my opinion.

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It's pretty brown for Harlan's and the tail might be too finely barred, more like a Western Red-tail, but it does have white around the eye, which is good for Harlan's.  Or that's what I think I'm learning.

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On 11/12/2019 at 5:02 PM, Kevin said:

Any more thoughts on the subspecies?

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On 11/12/2019 at 3:58 PM, Jerry Friedman said:

It's pretty brown for Harlan's and the tail might be too finely barred, more like a Western Red-tail, but it does have white around the eye, which is good for Harlan's.  Or that's what I think I'm learning.

@Jerry Friedman Are you saying that you think it is a Harlan's or Western?

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I think I see banding on P4 and P5 all the way to the tips.  This would be good for a juvi dark Harlan's according to page 83 of "A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors" by Wheeler & Clark (2003).

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14 hours ago, Kevin said:

@Jerry Friedman Are you saying that you think it is a Harlan's or Western?

Yes 🙂

I was looking for that primary banding too, incidentally, but I couldn't tell.

If you want professional opinions and you're on Facebook, you could post this to the Raptor ID group.  Or I could do it for you.

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5 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Yes 🙂

I was looking for that primary banding too, incidentally, but I couldn't tell.

If you want professional opinions and you're on Facebook, you could post this to the Raptor ID group.  Or I could do it for you.

Or additional professional opinions--I don't know whether anyone here is an ornithologist.  (And professional opinions aren't guaranteed at that group, but the amateur opinions seem to be good.)

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