Date: 10/26/20 12:35 pm
From: Fawn Bowden <fawnda10...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Re: Pure White Red Tail
I'm not seeing any photo? I photographed a very very light RTHA in that
same area this past summer....

Fawn in Riverside

On Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 3:22:27 PM UTC-5 birdingricz wrote:

> There may be more pure white, or nearly pure white Red-tailed Hawks around
> than most of us would imagine.
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> About 10 years ago my wife and I enjoyed a close-up view of a brilliant,
> 100% pure white, Red-tailed Hawk (except for 2 or 3 reddish tail feathers)
> approx. 4 miles west of Bur Oak in Winneshiek Co.
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> When I mentioned our observation to Bob Anderson, expert bird of prey
> biologist, with the Raptor Resource Project (now, sadly, deceased), Bob
> told me he had trapped and banded this individual RTHA 5 or 6 years prior
> to that. Bob also said he had observed this unique bird for several years
> in the same area before he trapped it. His thinking was that the
> individual hawk had used the same general area annually for a decade or
> more.
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> In addition, I recall an article in the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union
> journal *The Loon* perhaps 14-15 years ago which featured regular and
> ongoing observations of several white or nearly white RTHAs in southeast
> Minnesota. NE Iowa and SE Minnesota are, of course, side-by-side.
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> Ric
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> Ric Zarwell
> Email: <Birdi......>
> Mobile: 563-419-4991 <(563)%20419-4991>
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> On Oct 25, 2020, at 12:05 PM, Ron Stakland <ro......> wrote:
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> I saw this raptor on a powerline on Hwy. 92 east of Washington. It was so
> white my first thought was that I was seeing an early Snowy Owl but when I
> got closer I could see red tail feathers from my angle. I parked and
> observed for a couple minutes thru binocs then decided to see if I could
> set up scope for a closeup photo. Of course the moment my foot left the car
> the hawk dropped off the powerline and flew about a quarter of a mile away
> and landed on a post. I had to settle for the attached photo which is
> admittedly lacking in detail but does show how pure white the Hawk’s
> plumage is. The tail feathers by contrast looked extremely red in flight.
> Exact location is about 1/8 mile east of the intersection of Highway 92
> and Spruce Ave. on the north side of the road. The post he landed on is
> behind some hog barns.
> Again, sorry I could not get a better photo as the bird was very striking.
> Ron Stakland
> Fairfield
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