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3 minutes ago, Melierax said:

Looks fine for classic western Red-tailed hawk (immature). Harlan's are darker with distinctive white patches, and lack the all red tail with crisp subterminal band. 

Thanks! Wish I could go back and delete my post as I feel rather silly now. 😆 (I had inadvertently turned  ”Night Shift” on 🙄)

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8 minutes ago, Melierax said:

Looks fine for classic western Red-tailed hawk (immature). Harlan's are darker with distinctive white patches, and lack the all red tail with crisp subterminal band. 

Agreed, but the OP's bird looks fine for an adult to me (it lacks any barring on the tail except for the subterminal band).

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1 hour ago, akandula said:

Agreed, but the OP's bird looks fine for an adult to me (it lacks any barring on the tail except for the subterminal band).

There's some faint barring on the outer feathers, so it's molting. Unless I'm seeing things... also the light eye and yellow gape.

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Red-tailed Hawk -- not Harlan's; Tail banding in western Red-taileds is quite variable, though most have extensive barring; those with little often (usually?) have more bands on the outer tail feathers (see here), and the subject bird has at least partial bands on many rectrices. I cropped and brightened the tail to show those bands to better effect.

The bird's paler eye might suggest that it's in its second winter, but I wouldn't want to put any money on it.

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