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    Unknown Species

    I think a thread where we can post birds we don't know and others can help us to identify them would be most helpful so here it is. This is where you can post any bird that you don't Quite know what it is to see if maybe someone else can help you.
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    I'll start this off, What are these?

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    Top three are the winter plumage of European starling, bottom is a female House Sparrow.

    Starlings, those pesky little buggers. Keep my bluebirds and tree swallows away.

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    I might have a few I'm unsure of. I don't know that I have them with me tonight though. good thread idea!
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    okay, here's one I've never been 100% sure of:



    at first I thought juvi red tail, but his coloring just doesn't look quite right to me, so I started thinking maybe some sort of rough legged hawk?
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    okay, and here's another one I've been questioning too, I'm also thinking rough legged on this one:

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    Unknown Species

    Both are the light morph of the Rough-legged hawk. Best indicator in #1 is the tarsi are feathered all the way to the toes, no other buteo hawk has that, roughies need it for their cold arctic habitat.

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    yeah that's what I was thinking too, Thanks!

    I believe Ferrunginous Hawks are also feathered all the way to the toes, golden eagles too. I believe the ferrunginous are closely related to the rough legs, though they live in warm south western climates and are quite a bit larger.
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    Unknown Species

    Ferruginous, Red-tail, Rough-legged are all in the genus Buteo. Golden eagle and it's relatives in the Aquila genus are basically larger versions of the buteo hawks, and are their closest relatives.

    Ferruginous does in fact feathers on the tarsi. Did not know that.

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    Unknown Species

    Picture two is iconic Rough leg look at the dark "vest"

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