[Mnbird] Help with hawk ID

Lou Bellamy bellamylou at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 13 10:16:10 CDT 2019

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From: Mnbird <mnbird-bounces at lists.mnbird.net> on behalf of Joachim Huber via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:32:21 AM
To: Betsy Kerr
Cc: Minnesota Bird
Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Help with hawk ID

Whoever replies to this can you reply to all? I'd love to hear what it might have been. Hope someone has an idea.

On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM Betsy Kerr via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net<mailto:mnbird at lists.mnbird.net>> wrote:
I'm not good at raptor IDs, and I'm really puzzled by a pair of hawks that briefly visited our neighborhood this morning (Golden Valley, just north of Wirth Park).  Unfortunately, I did not have my binocs.  They were buteos, and the larger one was about the size of a Red-Tailed, but absolutely no red in the tail feathers. I had a pretty clear though brief view of the underside.  Sorry I can't provide all the details, but it was some pattern of black and white, but not mottled like immature Bald Eagles. The most remarkable feature was a very clear, fairly wide band, solid and very dark, maybe somewhat rusty, that I would call a collar, at the top of the neck/start of the breast.  It was clearly bordered by white on both sides.

I don't see anything in Sibley that looks like this.  Any ideas?  Again, sorry for the lack of some details.

Betsy Kerr
Golden Valley, MN
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