Date: 4/9/17 3:58 pm From: Marty McClelland <mmcclelland...> Subject: Lake Norman birding question
My brother lives in Cornelius NC on Lake Norman and knows the common birds in the area. He sent me the following email:
"I have a birder question for you. For two days I've seen a hawk-like bird swooping through the yard that I can't identify. It's definitely hook billed with a 24 to 30 inch wing span. It seems to be all black and has bright red chevrons or stipes on the undersides of each wing. I can't tell if the stripes are on top of the wings. There doesn't seem to be any other colors or white markings."
I am wondering if the storms blew in a bird that is not typically seen here. Anyone have any ideas? I suggested to him to try and get a photo.