A Ghostly Visitor

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Another great day at the hawk watch. A steady stream of raptors overhead delighted the many visitors and kept Kevin busy. The highlight was a luecystic Red-tail that made repeated appearances in kettles directly overhead. This bird appeared brilliant white , especially when backlit by the sun. Photos show what the eye could not, as there are obvious chest streaking , a hint of patagium markings, and a streaked head. Still a very stunning individual and a real crowd pleaser. Behaviorally this bird was a bit of a loner, hanging out on the edge of the kettles. Ring-billed Gulls singled out this bird for harrassment as well.
Today’s Golden Eagles were all immature birds and most visitors to the hawk watch were able to see one of these special raptors.