[wisb] Re: Partial albino Red-tailed Hawk, Marathon County.

Hi Dan,
That is an amazing find.
Check out this link 
- http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/NABB/v004n02/p0064-p0065.pdf ; - to another 
albinistic Red-tailed Hawk found, observed and banded in southern Marathon 
County (back in 1979) by Don Follens and Ken Luepke. 
 
Thanks for posting your find on wisbirdn.
 
Jon Zellmer
Wood County
Marshfield, WI
  
________________________________
 From: Dan Belter <bwhawk1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Wisconsin Bird Network <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
Cc: Terry Lane <tlane2022@xxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:56 PM
Subject: [wisb] Partial albino Red-tailed Hawk, Marathon County.
  

I started out my birding this morning in the southeastern area of Marathon 
County. I mainly birded along the roadside in the bog along Mission Lake Road. 
Here I saw, from as close as 8 feet away, a singing Blue-headed Vireo. I know 
Blue-headed Vireos were found breeding in this area of county during the 
Breeding Bird Survey 10+ years ago, but this was the first time I've ever 
encountered one during the breeding season here in my home county. Also of 
interest in this bog, seen and/or heard, were; Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, 
Golden-crowned Kinglet, both White-throated and Lincoln's Sparrows, and both 
Nashville and Yellow-rumped Warblers to name a few.

Then, while on my way home, I saw this large white bird sitting up on an 
electrical pole. At first I thought it might be a late Snowy Owl, but after I 
stopped my car to get a better look, it turned out to be a partial albino 
Red-tailed Hawk!! I took several photos of it before it took flight. While in 
flight I could see a few dark flight feathers and one reddish tail feather. But 
other then this, this hawk was very white looking. Visit my flickr.com site to 
see what photos I took.  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwhawk/sets/72157630074217892/detail/

 
Dan Belter
Village of Weston
Marathon Co, WI
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