Red-tailed Hawk, light morph
With a day off today, it was a good chance to run the annual Breeding Bird Survey route that I do here in Yamhill County. It was a beautiful day, and I started before dawn when the chorus was just tuning up. Lots of fine birds seen and heard, but none more worthy of a few moments appreciation than this Red-tail. It appears to be a light morph individual. Most Red-tails in the Willamette Valley show a darker belly and a whiter chest.
Information about the Breeding Bird Survey can be found at: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/.