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Friday, October 28, 2011

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Hamilton, MA - Oct. 28, 2011

I went out this morning hoping for a Screech Owl or two roosting in the sun after last nights rain and snow, well that didn't happen, not an owl to be found but on my way to the bank I came across a large white bird flying over Rte 1A in Hamilton, MA. I quickly turned around and found a partially albino or leucistic Red-tailed hawk perched in a Pine Tree a fair distance from the road.

Quite a beautiful Hawk!

A brief video of it perched in another tree nearby.

Several more shots showing the yellow feet and mostly white wings.

Another showing several red tail feathers making this an adult and most likely the same Hawk I saw back on March 12, 2011 along the Hamilton / Ipswich line just a few miles from today's location.

A shot of it facing me.

and a few more as it flew towards me heading north along Rte 1A & Rock Maple Ave. in Hamilton

As I said this is the 2nd time this year I've come across this bird. The 1st was back on March 12 a few miles north of today's sighting on the Hamilton / Ipswich line. Here's a few images from that encounter.