After completing our 2012 Big Year we are now trying to add around 100 LIFERS to our life list. Join us as we go birding!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Leucism Red-tailed Hawk and other birds we've already seen....
Well it's been a few days since we've been on here, mainly because we haven't gone birding. Today was different though, we got out and tried to do a little birding. The first bird we saw was a interesting Red-tailed Hawk. This Red-tailed Hawk had a white facial features and also had this effect on his sides too.
Red-tailed Hawk in flight
Hopefully this leucism red-tailed Hawk will not be affected too much more by this disease. When birds get this they can be more vulnerable then birds without this abnormality; wings can get more weaker, mating can become harder, smaller birds with leucistic are easier to see for their prey, and list goes on. This Red-tailed Hawk is quiet beautiful and is also the Krider's group of Red-tailed Hawk. There are so many variations of RTH that it is sometimes hard to figure out which one we have photographed.
The next stop was a rest area along Interstate 84 where there was a nice group of Starlings and Dark-eyed Juncos flying from tree to tree. We also saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler that Simon was hoping was a Northern Parula but no dice. Then I got a shot of a Northern Flicker and a crow. All birds that we have already seen today. So, no new birds today all ones we had already seen. But hopefully we will get some new ones tomorrow as we drive through Utah! So until tomorrow, happy birding!!