[Tweeters] leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in Skagit

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at protonmail.com
Fri Feb 4 17:56:31 PST 2022

Dear Tweeters,

Today, the fourth of February, there was a strikingly pale Red-tailed Hawk on Minkler Road in Skagit County. This is about five minutes east of Sedro-Woolley. The roadway was damaged during the floods in November, so it is closed a few hundred meters west of Hoehn Road. The closure makes the road much quieter than it normally would be on this 50-mph thoroughfare.

The bird was perched on a telephone wire along Minkler Road, just west of Hoehn Road. This is within the eBird hotspot known as Minkler Flats. I was able to get a few photos. The bird was very pale, with a white tail, much white on the head, and a mostly pure-white underside. The belly band was reduced to just a few streaks. The relatively small size made me suspect that this was a male. I will put the photos on my eBird checklist soon.

Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

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