35-B-2016 Red-Shouldered Hawk
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description is sufficient to rule out other Buteo species.
Field marks fit that of a Red-shouldered Hawk and eliminate similar hawks
I thought that the description was convincing.
Key fieldmarks & flight patterns described
relevant field marks were seen and described well.
Feel this was likely a good identification, but have trouble accepting in this round based solely on a single field mark (primary crescents), while a good one, and minimal comparable species discussion. The observer’s experience with raptor identification at hawk watches could be considered, however, they did not mention previous experience with Red-shouldered Hawks (Buteo lineatus). Am curious to read other member’s comments in the next round.
The description might have been a bit more extensive but is consistent with Red-shouldered Hawk and the experience of the observer adds confidence to the sighting.
SECOND ROUND VOTING:
Same comments as first round.
I'm still convinced.
I'm reluctantly changing my vote to "accept" as I initially believe the identification was probably right, just not well documented at all. The primary crescents mentioned are a good key, but many Buteos can show this feature as well, particularly immatures. The observer's discussion of flight pattern is more supportive for me, particularly when coupled with the plumage notes.
I remain convinced
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