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Jackie Pritchard

Bald Eagle or Red-tailed hawk or ???

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Saw this bird 1/18/20 on telephone wire in Skagit Valley, WA. The area is flat farmland but fresh and saltwater nearby. Area full of eagles and hawks. My first thought was immature bald eagle but then began to ponder possibility of red-tailed because of bill.

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Yes, I saw the band. Duh, I have only seen one other rough-legged hawk, but I should have realized that is what it is. The vast majority of raptors I see are red-tailed, N. Harriers, Osprey & Bald Eagles in all life stages, so I didn't think outside the box so to speak. Thanks to all!

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Adult, probably female, Rough-legged. Any Bald Eagle with that much white on the head will have yellow eyes and at least some yellow on the bill (not just the cere). However, most immediately, it would be very weird to see a Bald perched on a power line, unless it's a transmission line rather than a delivery line.

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