Ok, I don’t expect to get a positive ID on this bird, but I want some thoughts from you all on it. It’s definitely a raptor. It frightened a couple hundred Amer Coots, drawing my attention. It was high noon, not a great time for “eyes to the sky”, so it was hard to see much detail on the bird. Those wing patches are what keep throwing me. I suppose it could be a case of a bird missing a couple feathers (they lose them evenly, after all).
The only other thing I really noticed was that the belly was bi-coloured. At first I thought it might be a belly band, which would mean immediate Red-tailed ID, but it seemed too solid.
Also, this bird was very large; likely too large for a Red-shouldered (which I had spotted in the area earlier).
Any thoughts at all?
Thanks for your help! 🙂