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Pretty sure it's not a Rough-legged Hawk - they have a wide dark terminal tail band.  I don't have much experience with other dark morph hawks, but I'm guessing Red-tailed based on the tail pattern.

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19 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Pretty sure it's not a Rough-legged Hawk - they have a wide dark terminal tail band.  I don't have much experience with other dark morph hawks, but I'm guessing Red-tailed based on the tail pattern.

Agreed. This doesn’t look like a Rough-legged. Maybe a small Red-tailed, but not sure. 

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I'm just learning my hawks, but wouldn't the carpal patches and extremely pale primaries go more with Rough-Legged Hawk?  What makes it more likely to be a Red-Tailed?  

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The "crow" looks like a raptor to me. In the first photo if you zoom up on it, the top of the tail looks red with minimal barring (so Red-tailed Hawk). I bet that the second photo is actually of the dark bird in the first photo. In any case, the second photo is also a Red-tailed Hawk... makes me think Harlan's due to the seeming lack of red in the tail and the "spiked" appearance of the tail feathers. 

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25 minutes ago, floraphile said:

I'm just learning my hawks, but wouldn't the carpal patches and extremely pale primaries go more with Rough-Legged Hawk?  What makes it more likely to be a Red-Tailed?  

Nevermind.  I went over my notes and see the lack of terminal band in the tail--also no pale head--so it cannot be a Rough-Legged.   

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32 minutes ago, Melierax said:

The "crow" looks like a raptor to me. In the first photo if you zoom up on it, the top of the tail looks red with minimal barring (so Red-tailed Hawk). I bet that the second photo is actually of the dark bird in the first photo. In any case, the second photo is also a Red-tailed Hawk... makes me think Harlan's due to the seeming lack of red in the tail and the "spiked" appearance of the tail feathers. 

Oops, didnt clarify before posting again... when you zoom up on the RIGHT bird you can see a red tail, which is why the second photo could be of the LEFT bird. 

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Yes, I can. Sorry for all the trouble. 

The bird on the bottom left is an American Crow just at a weird angle. It had been calling and flying over the river prior to the hawk's arrival. 

 

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Wow that's a lot better. Now that I can see it better, yeah, that does look more like a crow. I think it must be a camera angle because the bird on the right is most certainly a Red-tailed Hawk. And if that is definitely the same bird in the close up photo, I don't think it's a Harlan's.

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