Medium
Photo © barbarab, all rights reserved
San Benito County, CA (Google, OSM)
36.6034015971, -120.850982666
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Both dark and light morphs were observed today. Dark morph in photo.

Feb. 05, 2012 08:53:59 -1000
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Ferruginous Hawk - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
barbarab's ID: Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Posted by barbarab over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Oh no, I didn't even know there was a dark morph! Is there a good way to tell them apart from dark morph red tails if they're perched like this?

Posted by kueda over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Ferruginous Hawks have a larger beak with a noticeable yellow gape. I realize this feature is obscured in my photo by the power line. The really helpful thing you need for identification is to make sure you bring along someone who knows hawks. I had Clay Kempf along to make sure I didn't call this a Red-tail. Clay mentioned other features that can help identify this bird, but the gape was what stood out to me. When the bird flew, you could see that its proportions were very different from a Red-tail. I just searched and found some good photos of dark morph Ferruginous Hawks showing the yellow gape, including a photo by Clay at http://www.pbase.com/ternvomitthief/recent_photos&page=3

Posted by barbarab over 2 years ago (Flag)
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Ferruginous Hawk - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
barbarab's ID: Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

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