Date: 3/25/21 3:32 pm From: Tom and Carol Stoner <tcstonefam...> Subject: [Tweeters] Mystery Raptor at Nisqually
Hey, wise birders, I saw a pale raptor perched across McAllister Creek from the midpoint of the boardwalk. The wings were a warm beige, the head and breast cream, and I thought I saw a beige-ish belly band. I never got a good look at the head in profile. I discarded male No. Harrier because it wasn't a silvery gray. I settled on leucistic Red Tail as a possibility. However, it was joined by a bird that most resembled a 3rd yr. Bald Eagle that perched at the very top of the same tree. When both birds flew, the pale bird flew like a Bald Eagle and showed some gray mottling on the undersides of the wings. Both birds flew east along the ridge and started soaring over the freeway.
This bird attracted a lot of attention and speculation, but no one I talked to had a guess, information or a scope. Has anyone else seen or photographed this bird? ID?
Curiously, Carol Stoner here on the accidental island that is West Seattle