Date: 3/3/17 9:42 am From: Andy Frank <andydfrank...> Subject: [obol] RFI- unusual Red-tailed Hawk with pale head (photos)
Yesterday Wink Gross and I birded Wasco County. We saw a good assortment of birds including Lewis's Woodpecker, Rough-legged Hawk, Say's Phoebe, 3 Northern Shrikes in different locations and Tricolored Blackbirds (numerous eBird reports provide all the details).
We came across one unusual RED-TAILED HAWK with a very pale head. We were able to watch it for a few minutes and from 2 different angles and the paleness was not just due to the lighting. When the bird flew it clearly had the typical red tail of a Red-tailed Hawk so we didn't have any question regarding the species, but I don't recall seeing any Red-tails around here with such a pale head before and was wondering if anyone knew more about this than I do.