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Fields north of Willow tank

Owner Christopher Rustay

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  • 1 mi

Cloudy and raining to becoming partly cloudy and no rain.

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    Comments: A large buteo flying low over the fields. We did not see this raptor close up but noted the dark uppersurface, light head with faint but broad, darkish line through eye and lighter underparts. Key field marks were the whitish patches at the base of the upperwing primaries and the light grayish tail gradually suffusing to a darker terminal band. I did not note any reddish color in it but this could have just been the poor light

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    Comments: "Speet, Speet" call tipped us off to its presence as if was flying above us. Each note is accented equally unlike similar calls from Horned Lark (or Barn swallow). It was loud and relatively "insistent." Both birds detected first by call. The first one was seen and poorly photographed as it was flying overhead. I watched it fly with typical quick flapping then glides somewhat similar to woodpeckers but without undulations. Flew relatively high and away from us, staying high until it suddenly dropped down to the field below. This was relatively early in the morning so was unable to get much color on the bird but tail appeared shorter than that of Horned Lark. Very familiar with the call and differences in flight pattern from Horned Lark from taking time to study differences where I run into them in New Mexico and from pipit surveys on Sevilleta NWR.

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