[Mnbird] Unusual Hawk Sighting

linda whyte birds at moosewoods.us
Tue Mar 22 10:59:26 CDT 2022


I think the same bird has caught my eye a few times, even as recently as
yesterday, on walks at Lilydale. I wonder if it may be a case of leucistic
plumage. Red-tails seem to have a wider range of coloration than any other
raptor species, unless you consider juvenile Bald Eagles. That's what makes
them so interesting, even though so common.
Linda Whyte

On Mon, Mar 21, 2022, 4:47 PM Thomas Schenk via Mnbird <
mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:

> A few times this winter I have seen a hawk near the southeast corner of
> Cretin Derham school. This hawk is all white except for a dark tail. I'm
> pretty sure it is a red-tailed hawk - it's the right size and shape, but
> this is whiter than any of the light phase red-tails I've seen pictured.
> With the exception of the dark tail, it is as white as a snowy owl, which
> is what I mistook it for the first time I saw it.
>
> I was wondering if anyone knows what is going on with this hawk?
>
> Thanks.
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