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Hi all,

This morning at EBCA, we saw an hawk standing in the middle of the gravel of
the first one-way loop. We got within 10m of the bird in the car and had a
long (~5 min), clear view. We have tentatively identified it as a
Swainson's, but some of the plumage seemed strange. Perhaps listers with
more experience with Swainson's will be able to help out:

Medium-large hawk, *long* wings, dark (almost black) remiges, long,
greenish-yellow, unfeathered tarsi,  dark head (we did not note while
viewing but did not remember a white "face" afterwards), clean white breast
and belly, rufous streaking on sides of throat, several (>6) black and white
bars on tail, mottled back.

The throat and chest are throwing us. Are juveniles sometimes clean white
below and only streaky on the throat?

We also saw 5 river otters crossing the main road between the one way loops.
They swam off up one of the channels...

Thanks for all help.
Jen Hamel

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