Bob Stalnaker has graciously shared photos with me over the past year or two and shared this Krider's Red-tail ('click' to enlarge) he photographed the other day with permission to post it here on the blog...thank you Bob! It's an example that shows there are birds out there that do not show the field marks typically associated with their species. I did similar blog posts in the past (links below), but just wanted to show this bird off since it lacks any bellyband at all, and has the most faint patagial marks ("bars") I think I've seen on a Red-tail.
And, if anyone was wondering...yes, Krider's do make it to Florida and the gulf states every year in fair numbers, and in Texas and Oklahoma in large numbers. This bird has a pale head and looks to have a fully reddish tail, but within the range of what we call Krider's for sure. And check out the dark malar that many Krider's (adults and juveniles) show.