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People are mentioning a mate of  Bubba, is there another Red-necked Grebe
still at Marion?

Will Chatfield-Taylor

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Johnson County, Kansas

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>From: Susan Treesh <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Help with hawks
>Date: Tue, Jan 21, 2003, 7:16 PM
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> This is all so timely!  I know I'm in New Jersey, but taking that into
> account ...  I had a buteo in a large dead tree, much beloved by all
> birds, particularly raptors,  across a field from my house.  I put my
> binoculars on it a couple of times, but I was in a hurry (rushing out
> for a birding trip!) and wrote if off as a red-tail - they not
> infrequently perch in the tree.  But every time the rufous upper breast
> bothered me.  Finally, I was getting out my scope and held it up, sans
> tripod, to the window, and the rufous streaking on the upper breast was
> quite plain.  I thought that it might be a red-shouldered and decided to
> set up the tripod and scope.  Well, you know the rest!  The bird, which
> had sat quietly for 20 minutes, flew off as I was setting up the scope,
> and I was left kicking myself for not doing that earlier.
>
> So I'm trying to figure out if this was red-tail or red-shouldered.  The
> red-tail is so much more common, yet I have never seen one in the East
> that had a rufous breast.  There was no belly band, just the rufous
> fading into cream.  I've looked in all my books, and the red-shouldered
> does show a rufous breast, while the red-tail does not.  Is this a
> definitive mark?  The size didn't strike me as markedly different from
> that of a red-tail.
>
> Many thanks,
> Susan Treesh
> Somerset, NJ
>
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