English and Scientific names:

Harrisís Hawk

Number of individuals: 

One present

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Acadia Parish

Specific Locality:

.6 miles east of LeRoy Breaux Road on Highway 90

Date(s) when observed:

November 7, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

4:30 PM

Reporting observer and address:

Tom Finnie,

Sulphur, LA 70665

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

No other observers

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Dave Patton reported the sighting on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 on labird bulletin board. Bill Hoffpauir found the raptor and reported it to Dave Patton.

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

Afternoon sun shining on bird.

Optical equipment: 

Nikon D300, 400mm lens

Distance to bird(s): 

Quite a ways off

Duration of observation:

Four minutes


Sitting on telephone pole overlooking the nearby fields.

Behavior of bird: 

Perched on telephone pole, then flew away.


see photo


Not that familiar with voice, donít remember.

Similar species:

Species was determined by picture.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographed by me

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Petersonís guide aided by picture

This description is written from: 


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


Yes, refer back to pictures

Date and time: 


9:00 PM