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Jun 03, 2018 14:26 |  #1

We were out this weekend and encountered this hawk that I don't immediately recognize and could use some confirmation on. (Beekeeper, if you're listening 8) )

Found in central Washington, near Othello; June 2 2018. Sitting on lines with small birds, so I assume it's one of the non-avian eaters...when it moved to this pole above the road, it simply sat up there and hollered at us and everything around for some reason.

I *believe* that it is a Swainson's Hawk, which would be a lifer for me. The dark tone, white chin patch and edges of the wing, plus rusty breast are what I've based the ID on; it's sort of at the very tail end of normal presence in the area if it is, however. Alternatives would be Rough-legged or Harlan's morph Red-tailed Hawk.

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1753/42541949671_34e343482d_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/27Ph​BuT  (external link) Swainson's Hawk-6905 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1750/40733487900_0e56e13849_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/254t​LPw  (external link) Swainson's Hawk-6915 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

IMAGE: https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1725/28668339288_ce80236903_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/KFjJ​tS  (external link) Swainson's Hawk-6911 (external link) by Eric (external link), on Flickr

Thanks in advance,
-E

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Jun 03, 2018 14:36 |  #2

I would say dark morph Swainson’s, based on the white face and chin patch. It’s a beautiful bird. Good for you.


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Jun 03, 2018 14:41 |  #3

CDMOOSE wrote in post #18638368 (external link)
I would say dark morph Swainson’s, based on the white face and chin patch. It’s a beautiful bird. Good for you.

Thank you, Al! This thing was seriously torqued off about something and in no way skittish, like the rest of the hawks in the region.


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Jun 04, 2018 06:21 |  #4

Great shots Eric. Definitely a Swainson’s Hawk as Al said. Note the overall dark color with a contrasting white throat and dark bib. Also the long wings that extend past the tail.


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Jun 04, 2018 09:16 |  #5

txcanon wrote in post #18638819 (external link)
Great shots Eric. Definitely a Swainson’s Hawk as Al said. Note the overall dark color with a contrasting white throat and dark bib. Also the long wings that extend past the tail.

Great, thank you Brad! That helps a lot :)


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Jun 08, 2018 04:30 |  #6

Another off the ol’ bucket list-congratulations, Eric.


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Jun 09, 2018 19:05 |  #7

You’re piling up lifers!



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Jun 10, 2018 10:35 |  #8

ardeekay wrote in post #18641324 (external link)
Another off the ol’ bucket list-congratulations, Eric.

jhayesvw wrote in post #18642223 (external link)
You’re piling up lifers!

jhayesvw wrote in post #18642223 (external link)
You’re piling up lifers!

Thanks guys! :) Yeah, it's been a good year for that so far


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