Re: White Red-tails
For over 10 years there was a very white leucistic Red-tailed Hawk in the Ghent to Chatham, NY area. A few years ago, it appeared to have been shot and couldn't fly. It was taken to a rehabilitator and I did not hear its fate, probably didn't survive. These incidents make me so angry. In nature different birds like this may be picked from flocks as targets by predators, so maybe a few hunters have this instinct. I have seen this happen to partially white deer.
There have been others in the 6 miles away Spencertown-Austerlitz, NY area, over 30+ years ago.
I attached a photo of this hawk taken by me in 4-2017 over the Price Chopper in Chatham. It is OK to use this photo, just please credit me.
Good Birding and stay well -
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] White Red-tails
* There is still one at the golf course on Route 196 in Hartford, NY. I have distant photos, but saw it again a few weeks ago.
* I have nice photos of one at the WC Grasslands on Route 4 at thg he end of Cary Road. This may be the same individual as previously reported.