Date: 1/24/18 9:18 pm From: Lamont Brown <lamont...> Subject: [texbirds] Ferruginous Hawk SE Denton Co Wed 24 Jan
Wednesday afternoon 1-4 pm I was running traps on the Tribute Shoreline in Wynnwood Park, on the East side of Lake Lewisville, Denton County, when soaring at least 2000 feet to the SE of my location was a Ferruginous Hawk. And this may be a conservative height estimate.
When I first saw this bird with my naked eye, as it was somewhat glistening in the sunlight, I thought a very small plane at about 4k feet, Upon putting bins on it straight away I knew Buteo and the species. It had a very clean white body, whitish wings and (from that distance) black fingerlings on the wing tips. At that distance above the ground I could never see the back or any small detail, such as eyes or legs. But the GISS and coloration clearly said FEHA.
My assumption is this individual is starting/continuing migration. But in case that is not the case, and other listers want to look up on Thursday, it would have been in flight somewhere between extreme SE Denton County and the South of Frisco.