[Tweeters] Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

Kathleen Snyder ksnyder75 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 18:24:05 PDT 2021

>From Paul Hicks:

Fellow birders,

I stumbled upon a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk outside Tenino this morning
around 11am. I wondered if anyone might be interested; then I saw on the
internet that only an estimated 360 of 2 million red-tails are leucistic.

I saw the bird twice briefly through/between the trees. From below:
strikingly white wings and body (even against gray overcast) with darkish
carpel patch and a narrow “slice” of two or maybe three dark flight
feathers, one of them showing black, located probably at the outer edge of
the secondaries or between the secondaries and primaries. Tail, or portions
of it, has just a hint of reddish. I was not able to relocate it.

Location: Old Military Rd x Strawn Lane east of Tenino, above and mostly
hidden by the large fir trees here. It could be anywhere in or adjacent to
the open spaces that run along SR 507 and Scatter Creek and its headwaters
from the edge of Tenino on the west to Military Road (McIntosh Lk) on the
east. (Mapquest and Google incorrectly identify Vantine Crk as Scatter Crk
-- at least according to local nomenclature.)

Good birding!
Paul Hicks
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