Saturday, January 9, 2010

"White" Hawk

Thanks to Russ Reynolds for sharing these photos of a striking leucistic Red-tailed Hawk that has been hanging out in the Lima, Ohio area. This one is an exceptional example of an abnormally pigmented red-tail; it is almost entirely white.

I guarantee this bird attracts its fair share of attention. Leucistic raptors, especially ones that are this conspicuous, sometimes become local celebrities. Since they can live for a long time, such birds might haunt an area for years.

Thanks again to Russ for the shots! I also want to mention that Russ' photo of a Baltimore Oriole was selected for the inaugural Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, which will debut in March. Funds from stamp sales will go to support habitat acquisition and restoration, research, rare species conservation, and more.

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13 comments:

Jana said...

Ooh, you gotta like those aberrations!

JulenaJo said...

What a beautiful creature. I would have no idea what kind of hawk it was without markings to guide me. How did you ID it? Just curious.

Debbie Tucker said...

To day while I was driving in Jackson ohio around 3:15 i spotted a large all white bird. It was fling then landed in a tree right buy the road. I cant tell you how excited , plus mystified I was to see it and then find this page. It wasnt a osprey nor an eagle but diffently a white hawk!

Jeanne Bohm said...

I do believe I saw a Red Tail that looked just like the one that is being discussed here. Darn near drove off the road looking at it! Thing is, the one I saw was here in Western NY, Clarence to be exact. What a beautiful bird!

Anonymous said...

I have been seeing a white hawk with black tipped wings around my farm near derby, Ohio. It is smaller than a red tail. Can you tell me what it is?

Anonymous said...

Seen a white hawk, South of Oakwood, off ST Rt 66 today, 3-16-13 around 1pm

Anonymous said...

I saw a white bird in pickaway ohio while I was driving in the dark, I have no clue what the details of the nord looked like but it was huge.. the wings looked aa big as the my front HHR window..

Anonymous said...

Have seen this hawk in flight in ou backyard yesterday & today. What a beautiful bird.
LP
Chesterland (Geauga Cty), Ohio

Anonymous said...

I've seen it three times this year in Peninsula, OH near Szalay's Farms. Last time was about a month ago. First time I saw it, I wasn't sure what I was looking at - it looked like an albino hawk. Took some pictures but they're not nearly as clear as the ones posted. Now that I've started bringing the zoom lens with me, I probably won't see it again. :)

Nyla Barrett said...

A bird of this type was seen in Springfield Township near Akron, Ohio on Killian Road. Amazing!!

Dom said...

Any recent sightings? Today I saw a very hearty nearly all white raptor just south of Mansfield. The bird was crossing Rt. 71 at a very low altitude, she flew nearly right in front of me and i was able to clearly see the birds dark eye. (I was trying to determine if it was albino). My next instinct was light morphed Ferruginous, but I was able to see a nearly all white top side...

Anonymous said...

Seen one inbetween Black Hand Gorge & Flint Ridge on Brownsville Rd. South East of Rt. 16 east of Newark Ohio April 17th. Like someone else said, almost drove off road watching it fly above. Wish had camera present.

Dom said...

Saw Her again yesterday!! Same spot almost... Mile marker 216 on Rt.71. She flew east to west and perched on some dead branches near the top of the tree line.