[Mnbird] Help with hawk ID

Richard Becker rhbecker at umn.edu
Wed Mar 13 12:56:01 CDT 2019

This was my reply to Betsy:

"Also someone who has trouble with hawks, but the solid, somewhat rusty 
collar does remind me of
a light phase Swainson's Hawk I saw years ago in South Dakota."

Richard Becker

On 3/13/19 8:32 AM, Joachim Huber via Mnbird wrote:
> 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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