Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
and Scientific names:
White-tailed Hawk, Buteo
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – Juvenile
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Cameron parish - LA 82 around mile 5.
West of Holly Beach and East of Sabine Pass.
April 25, 2014
of day when observed:
10:10 AM CDST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
Boyce, Louisiana 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Matt Pontiff and Gary Pontiff – The Pontiffs found the bird
on a utility pole and were within 50 m of it. I saw it flying above them as I
passed in my vehicle and stopped about 500 m beyond them to watch it.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
None to my knowledge.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Clear – light from behind me. Some shadows.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Zeiss 10 x 42 binoculars. Good condition.
Total time watching bird (?) in flight,
about two minutes.
Open, coastal marsh/prairie/pasture.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was observed flying in looping circles crossing the
highway going north and south and was last seen above the marsh heading west
toward Sabine Pass.
(include only what was actually seen, not what “should” have been seen:
include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar
species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill,
eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it
from similar species):
I noticed the wings being held in a slight dihedral
position. The wings appeared more narrow than wide. I was trying to see what
the pattern on the dorsal side of the bird’s tail. It appeared brownish-red not
red as would be expected with a Red-tailed Hawk. I noticed a white rump.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk. Breast
pattern and tail pattern were different.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
Matt Pontiff took numerous pictures and has submitted them
to LBRC with a better description than mine.
experience with this species:
I have seen White-tailed Hawks – adults and juveniles –
several times in Texas and one juvenile in Louisiana in Calcasieu Parish in
February 2012 and October 2013.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
- at time of observation: Sibley’s Field Guide.
- after observation: National Geographic Field Guide.
Crossley Raptor Field Guide.
description is written from: __notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); ___note made after the observation (date: ______); _x_ memory.
My notes were sketchy at best. My description is based on
you positive of your identification? If not, explain. I am reasonably sure
I saw an immature White-tailed Hawk. I confess that I would have had a
better view but more importantly an image or two! It could be that I saw
what I wanted to see.
of reporter _signed Jay V. Huner_ date 05/14/2014. 10:35 AM.