Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

Number of accepted Ferruginous Hawk records for Louisiana = 16 as of August 2017

Accepted Records

One adult light phase (1988-44; formerly 89-18) on 22 Oct. 1988, Cameron: Hwy. 82, ca 5 mi. W Holly Beach; B. Mac Myers III (ph), Al & Gwen Smalley (ph), (Purrington 1989, p. 117). This is the first record of this species documented by photograph and the first officially reviewed and accepted by the LBRC.

One immature (1989-168) on 19 Dec 1989, Acadia: Hwy. 92, 0.5-0.9 mi. W of Hwy. 13, 5 mi. S of Crowley; Donna L. Dittmann and Steven W. Cardiff.

One immature (1996-08) from 1-21 Jan. 1996, Cameron: 1 mi. W of (town of) Holly Beach; Roger J. Breedlove, Phillip A. Wallace (ph), Charles E. Lyon, Daniel F. Lane (ph and drawing)(FN 50(2): 180; LOS 171). This represents only the second well-documented Louisiana record; none of the records mentioned in Lowery (1974) have been evaluated by the LBRC.



Photo by Dave Patton, Video by Paul Conover

One immature (1998-28) on 18 Jan-8 Feb 1998, Calcasieu: Fabacher Road, 1/4 mi. N of Hwy. 108; Christopher C. Witt, Karen Fay, Joseph P. Kleiman, Jason Weckstein, and Daniel Lane (sketch only); FN52(2):209.

One immature (2001-36) from 9-23 Nov 2001, Jefferson Davis: near corner of Hwys. 380 and 382, E of Thornwell; Daniel F. Lane (ph), David P. Muth (ph), and Paul E. Conover (card only). NAB56(1):62 gives date range to 24 Nov.

Video by Paul Conover

One immature (2008-16) on 26-27 April 2008, Cameron: Sweet Lake, vicinity of Chesson’s Grocery, just north of Cameron Prairie NWR; Donna L. Dittmann (ph, see p. 11) and Steven W. Cardiff, B. Mac Myers III (ph only), Paul E. Conover (ph only), and Phillip A Wallace (ph only).

Photo by Mac Myers

One immature (2010-40) on 27 October- 2 November 2010, Cameron: vicinity of Hwy. 82 at Little Florida Beach Road; James W. Beck (ph), Paul E. Conover (ph), Michael J. Musumeche (ph), Stephen Pagans (ph), Thomas Finnie (ph on 2 November), Devin Bosler (ph), and John P. Sevenair (ph).

Photo by James Beck

One immature (2010-42) on 27 December 2010, Cameron: Hwy. 82, approximately 3 mi. E of Johnsons Bayou; Paul E. Conover (ph). This record may pertain to the same individual first reported in the same general area late Oct-early Nov 2010 (2010-40), but there were no confirmed sightings during the intervening period. Different bird from 2010-43 found farther west same day.


Photos by Paul Conover

One immature (2010-43) on 27 December 2010, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou at Erbelding Road; Paul E. Conover (ph). Different bird from 2010-42 found farther east same day.

Photo by Paul Conover

One (2011-017) on 27 March 2011, Cameron: 3.4 mi. E of Johnsons Bayou; Paul E. Conover (ph).Note: this individual may involve same individual(s) previously reviewed: LBRC 2010-040 or 2010-042 (reported during October and December 2010 respectively).

Photo by Paul Conover

One light morph immature (2012-001) on 6 February 2012, Cameron: Lacassine NWR, Pool Unit; Donna L. Dittmann(ph) and Steven W. Cardiff.

Photo by Donna L. Dittmann

One light morph immature (2012-009) on 19-26 February 2012, Jefferson Davis: just W of Welsh landfill, vicinity Oilfield X Miller Oilfield roads; Paul E. Conover (ph).


Photos by Paul Conover

One light morph immature (2012-044) on 23 November 2012,Jefferson Davis: junction of A & D Abshire Rd. and Lyons Rd.,2.5 mi. W of Lake Arthur; Paul E. Conover (ph)

Photo by Paul Conover.

One immature (2013-023) on 30 January 2013, Cameron: Willow Island, approximately 5 mi. E of Cameron; Justin Bosler (ph).

Photo by Justin Bosler

One immature (2013-062) on 7 December 2013-14 March 2014, Cameron: 1 mi. W of Holly Beach and ranging as far W as where Hwy. 82 leaves the beach; Paul E. Conover (ph), Daniel O’Malley (ph) , Thomas Finnie (photo only), Shawn Kurtzman (photo only), and Anders Ogren (photo from eBird list).

Photo by Thomas Finnie


Video by Paul Conover

One dark morph adult (2014-033) on 10-14 December 2014, Jefferson Davis: vicinity of Thornwell; Donna L. Dittmann (ph) and Steven W. Cardiff, Dave Patton (ph only). This bird was rediscovered 1 January 2015 at Cameron: Cameron Prairie NWR headquarters area, where it remained to at least 15 February 2015; Erik I. Johnson (ph), J. V. Remsen, Amy Shutt (ph only), Tom Finnie (ph), John Dillon, Donna L. Dittmann (ph) and Steven W. Cardiff. Photos confirm that only one individual was involved at both locations.

Photo by Dave Patton

Unaccepted Records

One immature (1981-06; formerly 82-36) at East Jetty Woods, Cameron Parish, 31 October 1981.

One (1983-26; formerly 84-32) east of Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, 22 January 1983.

One immature (1983-14) north of intersection of highways 190 and 71, St. Landry Parish, 28-30 January 1983.

One light morph adult (1994-124) on 2 Apr 1994, Red River: E of Hwy. 1, approximately 2 mi. N of Armistead, 1/2 mi. S of Hwy. 177 and Hwy. 1. Although the observer's description was suggestive of this species, details were insufficient to eliminate “Krider's” Red-tailed Hawk. Specifically, the observer noted that there was a "pale area toward the outer primaries," which, in the correct position is a good character for Ferruginous, but the observer did not explain its exact location nor elaborate how this differed from the pale area (in a different position on the wing) of a Red-tailed Hawk.

One immature (1995-146) on 24 Dec 1995, Calcasieu: S side of intersection of Natali and Wardline roads. No definitive field marks were provided to support an identification of Ferruginous Hawk. All Members agreed that the description was too brief and did not exclude a Krider’s Red-tailed Hawk (B. jamaicensis krideri).

One immature (2010-41) on 3 November 2010, Cameron: Hwy. 82 near Cameron Parish Library at Johnsons Bayou (ph). This bird was in the vicinity where a stake-out (see 2010-040) had been seen by numerous reporters. However, the photos clearly depicted a Red-tailed Hawk.

Two light morph adults (2014-109) on October/November 2014, Cameron: ca 5 mi. SW Holmwood. Most Members agreed that the circumstances as well as the lack of specifics and hard evidence (especially for a report involving two individuals) justified non-acceptance.

One (2016-004) on 28 March 2016, Vermilion: Gladu Rd. near Hwy. 699 X Jade Rd. (ph). The photo and description were not adequate to eliminate an immature Red-tailed Hawk.