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  •  We saw a varied thrush just last weekend (9+ / 0-)

    We were traveling between Los Angeles and Tuscon and stopped at Chiriaco Summit as there had been reports of some exciting vagrants. One was the varied thrush. He was bigger than I expected and such interesting coloration. My husband is the serious birder and he was there to see a rufous backed robin (which he finally saw, thank goodness)

    We often see LOTS of red-tailed hawks during our journeys. In fact, our default bird for power poles is the red-tail.  One hawk expert told us to look for "dark, light, dark", head. shoulder, tail, to help identify red-tails as well as the patagial markings on the underside of the wings.

    Thanks for sharing some great pictures! I love hawks off all kinds.

    The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

    by JenS on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:02:56 PM PST

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