English and Scientific names:

Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

Number of individuals: 

1 juv bird



Specific Locality:

Across highway from access to Peveto Sanctuary just west of Stingray gas plant

Date(s) when observed:

October 30, 2010

Time(s) of day when observed:  

~3:30 pm

Reporting observer and address:

Michael Musumeche

New Iberia, LA 70560



Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Several from LOS meeting



Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 

Swarovski 10x42

Distance to bird(s): 

50 meters

Duration of observation:

5 minutes


Bird was perched in a motte of dead oak trees and occassionly flew around and relanded in same trees.

Behavior of bird: 

Flying, perched


Appeared entirely white while perched while the head appeared slightly darker with a dark line running throught the eye. When flying there appeared to be some barring on tail, and black smudges on under wing.  There also appeared to be "windows" near the ends of the wings.


none noted

Similar species:


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

yes by Michael Musumeche

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Sibley guide

This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


yes only because others had previously identified it to species

Date and time: 

Oct. 31, 2010, 3:00 pm