Sunday, January 31, 2010

Leucistic hawk

White Hawk
White Hawk

One day about a month ago, Chris was driving home from having a nice lunch with Mike. Close to our exit off of Route 18, she saw something very large and white perched in a tree. She called Mike and said, I think I just saw an all white hawk. He suggested she put on warmer clothes and take another drive around to see if she could get pictures. No luck that day. Another day Mike thought he saw it, and it was around the same time in the afternoon on another sunny day. So, one day Chris and Mike went out together on a sunny afternoon specifically looking for this curious specimen. No luck that day either, but we did get chased off by the police for parking along the side of the road. Mike is persistent and dedicated to the mission, so today when we were heading out for the movies, he suggested we bring the camera and make a scan for the hawk since it was sunny and around the same time again. Well, weren't we lucky today! He is likely a leucistic red-tailed hawk.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on WhatBird Forum this morning and saw you photo posted. I'm glad Mike is persistent, I have never seen a leucistic hawk before...It is simply BEAUTIFUL!!


February 1, 2010 at 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Marty said...

Amazing bird - and very nice pictures. Quite a specimen

February 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing photos. Did you take the photo near Rutgers Busch campus? I saw this "white hawk" more than 10 times in summer (2009) when I drove from Rt.18 into Rutgers Busch campus.

ps. it is great knowing this NJ bird blog.

February 1, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Denise G said...

Would it be unusual to see these hawks near exit 13 on the Garden State Parkway? For the past 2 weeks I've seen these guys! I've been telling my husband about them nearly every day when driving down the parkway to school.

February 27, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Marty said...

That's a gorgeous bird - pretty cool thing to see.

October 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger MoleBlogger said...

Yesterday, I saw a white hawk when exiting Rt 18 to Busch Campus, Rutgers! Awesome. It landed in a tree next to the road.
I'm going to keep a camera in my car in case I spot it again. :)

February 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This hawk is still out there--I got a good look at him/her some time last month!

December 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Chris and Mike said...

Thanks for letting us know. We are glad he is still around.

December 14, 2014 at 7:37 PM  

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