Three days ago we had a post about one of the two Red-shouldered Hawks we caught this past week. The second hawk, to us banding amateurs with little hand-hawk experience, looked odd especially compared to the first bird we caught (read first RSHA post). It had features that reminded us easterners of Broad-winged Hawk. Look at the photos here and see what we mean. Turns out, after running it by the hawk banders at Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, the bird is definitely within the normal range of variation seen in the California Race of Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus elegans. Here are some photos taken by Dan Lipp of the overzealous Frenchie holding this beautiful SY RSHA.
Here you can see the tail with fewer, thicker bands than our first Red-shouldered Hawk, but the California subspecies immature can show a more adult-like tail than the eastern subspecies.
By Luke Musher and Cory Ritter