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Monday Morning Mystery 011623

IMG_8011Over the weekend, I found the mangled body of a reddish-breasted raptor on Franklin Turnpike about a block from the Red-shouldered Hawk nest.

I was headed for the nest site at the time, and had Red-shoulders on the brain, so I assumed the worst.

I removed the dead hawk and buried it in my yard, but not before photographing a tail feather.

When I looked at the photo, it struck me that the feather was not a Red-shoulder's.

Was I right? If so, what kind of raptor's tail feather is it?