English and Scientific names:

Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis

Number of individuals: 

one, light juvenile

Locality: LOUISIANA: 



Specific Locality:

North side of Highway 82 about 1.5 miles west of Peveto Woods.


Date(s) when observed:




Time(s) of day when observed:  

2:00 pm

Reporting observer and address:

Stephen Pagans

West Monroe, LA 

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

Joan Brown

Other observers not accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Dave Patton

Light conditions:

Clear, sunny with hawk facing the sun and in full sunlight.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10X binoculars in good condition

Canon 5D Mark II camera with 400 mm lens.

Distance to bird(s): 

About 80 yards.

Duration of observation:

About 20 minutes


Open grown hardwoods.

Behavior of bird: 

Bird was sitting in snag while resting.



Hawk had white breast, small brown specks on the belly, fine streaking on top and side of head and back of head and side of neck.  Also, there was a distinct eyeline.






Similar species:

Don't know of another hawk that is similar.


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographs by Steve Pagans


Previous experience: 


Identification aids: 

Bird books and other birders on site.



Memory and scrutiny of photographs.

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



Date and time: 

11-3-10, 10:20 am