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Head Kned
03-27-2012, 11:40 AM
I have looked all over the net and have not seen a likeness of this bird below. It showed up around Chirstmas, we took a bunch of pics, but it was too far away to really tell. Yesterday it hung out on a limb next to our house for over an hour. My sister in law is a novice raptor gal, and she thinks its a young red tail hawk, but i am not so sure. My wife said it was hanging around again this morning.

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swifty
03-27-2012, 11:41 AM
Don't know but sure is a great looking bird - hawk\falcon?

Thanks for posting.

the_gooch
03-27-2012, 11:48 AM
White Red Tail Hawk?


Eyeball
03-27-2012, 11:57 AM
No idea what it is but it sure is a great looking bird. Thanks for posting the pix! :thumbsup:

charlie1144
03-27-2012, 11:59 AM
Looks like a red tail with pigment issues. Skin around beak looks pink, but the eyes look ok. Partial albino? Pretty bird and great pics.

cedarholm
03-27-2012, 12:03 PM
Try this link:

http://massapoag.org/files/4432116fc7f32c7e8ec64ea90444e487-21.html

Uncas
03-27-2012, 12:07 PM
Try here for your answer.....http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/blogs/144166725.html

DoubleO7
03-27-2012, 12:14 PM
look up google images of a gyr falcon.
Arctic/sub arctic species.

TheRealMacGyver
03-27-2012, 12:35 PM
Coopers hawk maybe? The younger ones have some weird coloration, so sometimes it's hard when they are young.

Head Kned
03-27-2012, 12:43 PM
Try this link:

http://massapoag.org/files/4432116fc7f32c7e8ec64ea90444e487-21.html

This is it, alomost identical. Thank you.

Head Kned
03-27-2012, 12:46 PM
look up google images of a gyr falcon.
Arctic/sub arctic species.

Looks like it, but I doubt a Hawk like that would be in Atlanta, GA.

iFly
03-27-2012, 12:55 PM
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk.

What cedarholm and Uncas posted.

charlie1144
03-27-2012, 01:08 PM
tail is wrong for a Coopers. what is leucistic? Blood disorder?

swifty
03-27-2012, 01:22 PM
Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk.

What cedarholm and Uncas posted.

Yep. :thumbsup:

CaptKennyW
03-27-2012, 08:43 PM
I would say it is a red tailed hawk with an unusual amount of white feathers.

davedowneast
03-28-2012, 05:40 AM
First Off, GREAT PICS!!!! :thumbsup:

Everything I've read is that it's a Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk as others have said. I enjoy bird watching and try to photograph and identify as many birds as possible. Thanks for sharing! Being semi-homebound, it's great to see a rare bird.

tail is wrong for a Coopers. what is leucistic? Blood disorder?

I found this explanation that was worth a copy and paste............

My non-scientific summary of this is that both leucism and albinism are genetic mutations that affect the way an individual bird looks. In albinism, the mutation prevents the production of melanin (which is needed to create the darker colored feathers in the bird) and these individuals show pink in bare skin areas like legs and usually have light or pink eyes. In leucistic birds, the melanin is produced but the mutation prevents it from being deposited properly in the feathers. Therefore, sometimes you get "partially leucistic" birds that might have white patches, or birds that are almost all white as with the hawk above, or anywhere in between where the bird looks pale or "bleached."



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