Sunday, April 16, 2017

RBA: RED-SHOULDERED HAWK Reported in Metchosin - April 15th

At 3:35 pm on April 15, David Allinson spotted a distant "Small buteo with a bright orange upper breast, whitish orange belly, pale orange head, dark mottled wings, and bright yellow bare legs" while carrying out a hawk watch up on Metchosin Mountain on southern Vancouver Island. The bird matches the description of a Red-shouldered Hawk.  This species is accepted to the provisional list of the BC checklist, but there are no photo-documented records of the species in the province.

Other high points and good panoramic vistas in the area should be searched if you're inspired to attempt to relocate this bird.  As of April 17, no further reports have come in for this bird.

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