Re: Interesting dark buteo

Steven Gaulin

Thanks to John Callender for his interesting comments. 
My opinion is that both birds were correctly identified by the original observers (Zone-tailed on Bates Road, and Broad-winged on Farren Road, both being juveniles of course). I can make out a yellow cere only the Bates Road bird. Only the Farren Road bird has dark primary tips and a light crescent in the wing linings at the base of the primaries. I see all of these observations as consistent with the original IDs.

Curious to know what others think.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

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