Because now and again, I actually see something that is not a Red-tailed Hawk!
Here is a link to an adult we saw earlier this year- also a Light Morph.
As we were driving along the gravel road, I should have known right away it was not an adult. S/he sat at this perch even after we slowed down, allowing for a nice photo. Possibly as curious of us as we were of him/her.
Even before we fully identified it, we were able to rule out Red-tailed Hawks firstly by its tail. It’s not red! Also, that bill is too small. The facial markings and head shape was different, though this often differs between individuals. The wings’ primary feathers cover more of the tail than do Red-taileds.
Because of a sick child, I was able to stay in the van and study the field guide a bit more thoroughly that afternoon. This was when I found a photo that showed the juvenile Swainson’s Hawk in a similar pose. That was the clincher!
Both Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks are part of the genus Buteo. In North America, we call these “hawks”, but in the Old World, Buteos are called “buzzards”. The Common Buzzard has the Latin name Buteo buteo. To make things more complicated, in the New World, “buzzard” is often used for vultures.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Birds facts from CreationWiki and Wikipedia