Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Odd Broad-winged Hawk?

Sorry for the late post, I have had software issues that prevented me from generating these photos for comment.

Sunday, I saw this bird in Rosemount - in a developed neighborhood with mature trees (off McAndrews Rd).

I got a pic or two while it perched and saw it fly away. These are the best ones (cropped).

Definite Buteo shape in flight. The trailing edge of the the underwing was dark, the underside was mostly pale and faintly streaked -sorry, no better description than that.

But the color is confusing - Are gray Broad-wings expected? Could it be a Red-shouldered? Gray Hawk seems way out of the question. I have limited experience with Broadwings.