That's no Snowy Owl... It's a Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk!

January 24, 2012 Posted by: NPS Staff

The CRNRA is home to several species of birds, both year-round dwellers like the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) and also migratory passers-through, like the Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis). In fact, we have 192 confirmed species!

Leucistic Red-tailed HawkA very common sighting is the Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis. These hawks can be seen from coast to coast and from Mexico up to Canada. They are the most common raptor in North America. (Not Velociraptor from Jurrasic Park, but rather raptor meaning "birds of prey", from the Latin rapere, which means to sieze or take by force.)

A much less common sighting (here or anywhere) is a leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. Leucism is a genetic condition in which parts or all of an animal's body surface lack cells capable of producing any type of pigment. (The word is derived from the Greek word leukos, meaning "white".) You may be familiar with Piebald horses, known for their splotchy "paint" pattern. These horses are actually leucistic!

Leucism is similar to albinism (and frequently mistaken for it), however, albinos lack the ability to create melanin, one specific type of pigment. Leucistic individuals usually have normal eye color, unlike albinos, which generally have red eyes.

Because the frequency of leucism in a given species is dependent on the population size, it's not surprising that there is a relatively high occurrence of leucistic Red-tailed Hawks. (Another frequently-seen leucistic bird is the American Robin.)

While researching leucistic Red-tailed Hawks, we stumbled upon a very interesting video from our friends at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Turns out they helped rehabilitate this hawk after he was found injured last year. Their wildlife clinic helped him regain his health and they re-released him into the wild in the fall. Watch the video of his release and hear from the folks at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. For a chance to see him in person, come visit our Island Ford unit, where he is occasionaly seen flying around.

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

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  1. Gareth Amon
    June 29, 2019 at 08:17

    We just saw this hawk in Island Park Idaho just outside of Yellowstone. We were on a bird watching event. Amazing bird. We knew it was special as soon as we saw it.

  2. Ron Berry
    June 26, 2019 at 01:19

    I don't know about the leucistic red tail but I have seen another raptor soaring over West Branch and Bay city. This bird is snow white with black wing tips seen from the ground. The first time I observed this bird I thought it might be a genetic anomaly. When I saw the same bird a second time I looked up white raptor on the net. I got a perfect match to the white hawk which is a tropical raptor that ranges into central america and southern Mexico. This bird should be nowhere near our area but I have seen two of these birds with the same markings 60 miles apart in midmichigan.

  3. Danny
    June 03, 2019 at 07:29

    Today I spotted an all white red-tailed hawk sitting in the middle of a field right in the top of a big old dead oak. It was gorgeous! I didn’t even know they existed but I would know that silhouette anywhere, especially after it took flight. (I had to pull over to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me, ha.) What a treat!

  4. elizabeth giles
    April 05, 2019 at 12:42

    I saw this majestic bird yesterday in the vast wooded area behind our home. I have lived in this area for almost 50 years and this is the first sighting. I hope to see this beautiful hawk again!

  5. Jerty
    March 21, 2019 at 07:03

    New hawk for me. Slow constant flap about 7 feet off ground trying ? To scare something up. About half size of Harris hawk ...narrow pointed wings strikingly white on all of underside with jet black wing tips. I have age related macular degeneration. Did not get view of top of it. Definately not common around here. As long as I have your attention... I'm kinda got a step son black vulture. He's almost 20 and has raised with his wife several broods in our barn. Unable to mention this around here as it's very conservative and NO same person would ever save bones for a buzzard. Always before this year his feathers have been inpeccably neat....think he's near my age of 86.... in bird years that is. He loves bbq ribs. Takes them out of my hand. Any other slightly daft vulture lovers out there? Jeffry dahmer started off with road kill...when that info came out I slowed stopping for vulture food.. stepson annoyed with me for stopping it By the way all you sincere birders know vultures are always spic and span clean. So anyway.......

  6. March 19, 2019 at 10:36

    like it

  7. Thomas
    March 13, 2019 at 07:02

    Finally got some pictures today, March 13, 2019 of a Leucistic Red Tailed Hawk today. It has been seen in the area where I work for the last few years here in South Windsor, CT

  8. Vickie
    March 07, 2019 at 08:53

    I saw a leucistic hawk today around 630pm on I-70 going West just past Huber Heights. Like others I googled it and found this site where a December and January sighting were noted. I’ve also seen a Leucistic Robin just south of Huber which was nearly all white with an orange stomach. Way cool!

  9. Guy
    March 05, 2019 at 11:40

    I have been seeing a Leucitic Hawk near Pocahontas, IL for some 3 years on and off. I finally got some pictures of it 2/19/19. I was close to 100 yards away. He, like his colorful brothers, is a little timid or skittish when it comes to observers. But he was fun to watch! I look forward to having another photo op with him.

  10. Steve
    March 05, 2019 at 08:09

    I have several pictures of a completely white hawk, taken recently, but the comment section would allow me to paste them. Any suggestions?

  11. Michael
    February 23, 2019 at 12:39

    I have seen one of these Hawks on my plow route. Seen it two days in a row. On the second day when it flew away is when I noticed a possible reddish tint to his tail. So I looked up an albino red tail and came across this article.

  12. Bethany
    February 21, 2019 at 10:58

    I saw the Kenwood/Madeira Leucistic hawk this morning! I thought i had seen it about a year ago, but this time I was so curious that I googled and found this.

  13. Amanda
    February 17, 2019 at 04:11

    I saw a white hawk around 10:30 yesterday morning near 1-71 and Ken Arbre Maderia Ohio

  14. Michael
    January 26, 2019 at 09:48

    I have been seeing a white or nearly all white redtailed hawk near Pocahauntas IL for about 6 years. All sightings have been within 2 miles of the Pocahauntas exit off Interstate 70.

  15. Chyleigh
    January 18, 2019 at 09:42

    I saw one of these fabulous birds today near Cynthiana, Ky. I did get a few good pictures before it flew off!

  16. George
    January 18, 2019 at 11:55

    Was 20 feet from the fattest and whitest hawk sitting in a tree. Snapped a pic of him - wow, it was awesome.

  17. Kevin
    January 07, 2019 at 01:31

    Just saw one on the taconic state parkway right past salt point turnpike. First time ever seeing one. Completely white no coloration

  18. Nick
    January 03, 2019 at 02:59

    I saw the same hawk on 1-70 East outside Huber Heights, Ohio on Christmas-eve at 9:30 am. I just had a chance to look it up today because I too was confused about what it was. It is crazy to see someone else saw the same one in the same place. Amazing!

  19. Robert Besecker
    December 27, 2018 at 03:45

    I luckily saw one of these around 10:00 a.m. on Christmas morning along I-70 near Dayton, Ohio as I was driving east. At first I thought I was seeing a snowy owl, which I have been fortunate to see two times in my life in the Dayton area. As I drove past he was facing my direction and I could see the distinctive hawk-shaped head and not the round shape of an owl head. I was certainly surprised, as I was unaware of any white colored hawks. I recognized that he was the size and shape of a red-tailed hawk which are readily seen along the highways hunting for a meal. When I arrived in Columbus and told my family about my experience, my daughter-in-law Googled for information and found this website. I was very fortunate to see such a rare, unusual, and amazing animal.

  20. Ann
    December 26, 2018 at 12:47

    Just saw a leucistic beauty and regular partner in a tree near Hwy 35e and 80th st e in Inver Grove Heights.

  21. kathleen Dennis
    December 26, 2018 at 10:44

    Saw one in my backyard this morning. Stopped me in my tracks, it was high in a tree, on dead branch.

  22. Jennifer
    December 22, 2018 at 03:21

    I believe that I just saw one of these beautiful birds on my way home from church today. I live in the Chattanooga, TN area. It truly was an amazing site to see!

  23. Emily
    December 16, 2018 at 07:15

    Just saw a gorgeous one near Rutgers: it was huge and I thought it might even be an eagle, but there were confirmed sightings in the same area here:

  24. Nina
    December 04, 2018 at 11:35

    Suburb outside of Cleveland. I've been watching this bird for a couple days. It hangs out in the same spots. Thought it was a snowy owl, but after reading these posts, and not being able to get close enough, nor do I have binoculars, I'm sure this is a White Hawk. He's so incredibly intriguing and beautiful. I've never seen anything like this before. He sits in the bare trees and the contrast with his white feathers against the bare trees, make him really stand out!!

  25. Tess Ferree
    November 21, 2018 at 12:34

    Watched a large white hawk for 20 minutes yesterday.

  26. Elisssabeth
    November 13, 2018 at 05:29

    Here's the mentioned video for those searching:

  27. Louis
    November 12, 2018 at 03:29

    My wife and I both saw a Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk on 2018_11_11 sitting in a tree while driving on a back road near I 24 just north of Kimball TN and south of the accent to Mont Eagle TN. I too thought it was a white plastic bag in the tree, I turned the car around and got a great picture of it. It is solid white, it flew to a distant tree, I took another picture, but not as nice as the first one. Thankfully, we brought our Nikon 9600 camera which was sitting close by and is quick and easy to use.

  28. Laura
    November 11, 2018 at 12:45

    Just saw one on a road trip near Pocahontas, Illinois!

  29. Emily
    October 26, 2018 at 05:59

    This was in Collins, MS ⬇️

  30. Emily
    October 26, 2018 at 05:58

    Just saw one on a road trip! Thought is was a bright white bag in a tree at first but noticed it was a bird with dark brown spots toward the bottom! I knew this was no barn or snowy owl! I did research and found this! I’ve confirmed this was what I saw.

  31. Blake
    September 23, 2018 at 12:05

    Spotted one of these this morning in edwards county illinois.

  32. Chris
    September 09, 2018 at 01:55

    I spotted an albino hawk hunting in my hay field Waterloo, IL September 9, 2018.

  33. Mark
    September 08, 2018 at 10:12

    I spotted a large leucistic red tailed hawk sitting on a dead tree top hunting field mice in Clinton Corners, NY today September 8, 2018. First one I’ve ever seen in this area.

  34. Bob McFarland
    September 08, 2018 at 12:19

    Just saw one on my fence in Huntington, Indiana. First time I have ever seen one. Didn't even know they were around here.

  35. Stephanie
    May 21, 2018 at 10:36

    I hiked Island Ford today and was mesmerized by a white hawk soaring and squawking in the sky while being chased and attacked by three crows! I was raised by a family of devoted bird watchers and could not believe what I was seeing because it is so rare! What a beautiful treat! Thank you for your rescue efforts! ❤️

  36. Sarah
    May 20, 2018 at 07:52

    I saw one of these beauties as well on the fence at my job. I got some great shots of it too.

  37. Tracy
    May 01, 2018 at 01:34

    I spotted one this morning in South West Bexar (pronounced Bear) County near Castroville. I thought it was a dove at first but it was much too large. It was in an area where many hawks love to sit in the trees and enjoy the sun...looking for prey I'm sure. He was beautiful.

  38. Todd
    April 26, 2018 at 06:09

    My son and I saw this bird yesterday and today flying in our backyard. I was able to get some great pictures while it sat on top of my house and as it sat on a branch in the trees.

  39. Matt
    April 23, 2018 at 06:21

    When leaving the barn where our horses are stabled in Union, KY, my wife and I saw a leucistic red tail hawk on a fence post in one of the horse fields. Thought it was an owl at first, but after looking at the pictures my wife took of it, she realized it is a hawk. Had to look up what kind of hawk. Pretty amazing!

  40. Teresa
    April 21, 2018 at 11:09

    We have a leucistic red tail hawk near our rural home, which is about an hour from Baltimore, MD and an hour from Washington, DC. Several family members have seen it over the last week on the same area, in open fields next to a county road. It’s a beautiful bird and it looks to be larger than an average red tail hawk. We hope it stays!

  41. Stephanie
    April 09, 2018 at 02:14

    Saw one perched on a light pole headed west on 695 in Baltimore county, Maryland. Looked kinda like a Snowy Owl, but Hawk. ;)

  42. Beth
    March 30, 2018 at 08:25

    I was lucky to spy one of these birds gliding and dipping over a field behind my home in Ohio just this morning!

  43. March 29, 2018 at 05:01

    I just saw my first leucistic red tailed hawk off 494 in the Eden Prairie-Minnetonka area. I also had to look it up. It was beautiful.

  44. Diana
    March 29, 2018 at 11:42

    Just saw one of these riding the thermals up with another Red Tail over 35e & Pilot Knob. Had to look it up and found this site. A beautiful bird!

  45. Dave
    March 28, 2018 at 06:12

    Saw a "white" Hawk about 1:30PM in Madeira, Ohio on 3/27/2018. It flew right in front of me as I was driving west on Shawnee Run. It landed in a tall oak on Kaywood Ave. near the intersection with Shawnee Run. I parked and watched it for a few minutes. What beauty!

  46. Jim
    March 27, 2018 at 06:52

    Saw a white Hawk today scanning the valley for food with two other hawks! Cool! Looks be birds of prey!

  47. Rick
    March 19, 2018 at 08:54

    Had to look this bird up on the internet also. Saw him while plowing a field in North Texas. Beautiful bird!

  48. Charlie
    March 18, 2018 at 01:03

    I was out on a late winter motorcycle ride yesterday, riding on Rt.82, between Stanfordville and Pine Plains, when I saw a pure white hawk circling about 50 ft. over the road and trees. There are many hawks in the area but this was the first white one that I have ever seen.Came to the internet to see what it was and now I know. Awesome looking bird.

  49. Nancy
    March 15, 2018 at 09:13

    We saw a leucistic red-tailed hawk yesterday flying over the field. The crows were annoying the hawk. We thought it was an owl. Beautiful bird. March 15, 2018

  50. February 17, 2018 at 06:28

    We saw a large white red tailed hawk sitting on top of a small tree in Inver Grove Heights, MN. First time for both of us, we had to look it up when we got home - had to figure out what it was

  51. February 14, 2018 at 08:56

    i wanna know about snowy owls

  52. Bill
    December 09, 2017 at 03:46

    We have had a leucistice red-tailed hawk in our back field ( by pond) now for three days.. This is a first for me.... magnificent ! Hope to get a closer picture of...

  53. Pauline
    November 20, 2017 at 08:41

    I saw a pure white Red-tailed Hawk on I-75 in the northwest portion of Ohio. It was perched high on a tree by the side of the highway which is common for Red-tailed Hawks. It really caught my eye and my husband saw it as well. So amazing! I didn't know they existed before I researched it online and found they are called Leucistic. To top off the experience, a male bald eagle flew over us minutes after seeing the Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk! Great day!

  54. Alethia
    November 01, 2017 at 07:40

    I've seen 2 in Rocky Hill, CT. One was in my backyard on October 7. He was sitting on a neighbor's fence. The other was about a mile away in a nearby neighborhood on October 27. He had a "prize" with him, but I'm sure the sacrificial squirrel didn't feel the same way. I thought it was a lawn statue and managed to get within 15' of him before I realized he was real, as he hadn't moved until I was close. He only flew away after a passing car startled him. Beautiful, majestic - and HUGE - birds!

  55. October 29, 2017 at 12:41

    I saw one this morning on Pine Bluff Rd near the Mazon river. This is the second time I saw it there. It's almost all white except you nac see the tail is normal colors. Beautiful bird.

  56. Pamela
    October 26, 2017 at 04:35

    We have one in our back field that we spotted yesterday. It was back again today! So cool!

  57. Howard
    September 18, 2017 at 02:27

    Saw one today, September 17, 2017, along Rt. 79, close to Gassaway, WV. Had to go online to see what it was. Beautiful bird.

  58. Jennifer
    September 14, 2017 at 03:18

    Just saw a bird that looks just like this one in Kennesaw tonight. Flew over Barrett pkwy.

  59. Beck
    August 28, 2017 at 05:12

    Just saw a white hawk at the top of a tree in my meadow. Since we have red-tailed hawks, I am assuming this was a leucitic red-tailed. I don't have a way of getting a close-up view, but it was definitely a hawk and completely white.

  60. October 20, 2016 at 04:17

    Just spotted a pure white hawk 3 miles south and 3 miles west of Beresford SD. Beautiful sitting on a high line pole.

  61. Roy
    October 16, 2016 at 08:52

    My wife and I saw this hawk sitting on a wheel line irrigation on Sunday evening about 5:30 pm. We were able to get two decent pictures of him before he flew off and lit on another wheel line. We have large numbers of Red Tail around but have never seen a leucistic Red Tail. We didn't know what it was, but I put my 16 year old grandson on it and he had an answer within just minutes. Hope he is around tomorrow morning.

  62. October 16, 2016 at 05:20

    My wife and I watched a Leucistic Red Tail Hawk perched on a spruce tree close to our home yesterday morning. I was able to get several nice pictures with a zoom lens. We had seen him or her 3 or 4 years ago as well.

  63. October 14, 2016 at 08:12

    I was mesmerized when I saw a leucistic Red Tailed Hawk hovering above us on Monday at the Chattahoocee Island Ford Recreation Area. There is small meadow area where kayaks and canoes can enter, and it was over us for some time. Absolutely beautiful.

  64. October 04, 2016 at 11:40

    Wow, just spotted today a Leucistic Red Tail hawk, huge! Sitting on a branch just as you leave Oak Creek towards Steamboat , incredibly beautiful, wish I could have gotten closer, looked to be fully white from my binoculars but it did not take flight while I was looking at it.

  65. October 03, 2016 at 11:26

    Saw a white red tail hawk in Claremont, CA today. Was circling over an intersection at Indian hill and Arrow. October 3, 2016. Never seen an all white one before. Beautiful bird. Also my sign bird.

  66. September 18, 2016 at 12:41

    We just saw a leucistic hawk on the north end of Lake Fork Reservoir. Had to look it up to figure out what it was. Have never seen one in this area. Amazing!

  67. August 31, 2016 at 05:21

    I was astounded when I saw my first leucistic red tailed hawk yesterday driving from Roswell to Marietta, it was so beautiful.

  68. C J
    August 11, 2016 at 07:45

    Sighted the white hawk flying around the timber area and out toward the fields making a screeching /screaming sound during the days while flying. Seemed to have nested in the timber/ wooded area. Had a pair of chickens out for their afternoon exercise/ walk which they have done for two years but the hawk was seeking them out over the past two weeks but someone was always in the area mowing or at least visible. This afternoon /eve no one was present and the hawk took advantage of the white hen. C J found only a few feathers on the ground, no blood or bones. The hawk had to just swooped down grabbed and carried the chicken off.Later fond a few feathers closer to the timber. This hawk has a nest there.Now all the chickens will be kept in and left out only when someone is in the area. No more free range for the chickens.

  69. Sue
    August 03, 2016 at 07:16

    He sat on a tree limb in our back yard for quite a while and then tried to capture a snake on the ground just below our deck. What a beautiful bird in flight.

  70. Rob
    June 15, 2016 at 02:19

    Saw one June 6, 2016 flying along Cove Creek. It was gorgeous.

  71. June 02, 2016 at 08:47

    Flying through an urban park, being mobbed by crows before landing in a tree.

  72. March 22, 2016 at 02:44

    March 22nd 2016. Driving on 494 North between Valley View Rd and Hwy 62. Seen it at 3:30 pm sitting up in a tree. Wow ,what an amazing thing to see. I wish I would of got a picture.

  73. February 26, 2016 at 03:32

    I was just driving down the road and say a white hawk. Another day he was sitting on my deer feeder .

  74. February 26, 2016 at 06:35

    Yesterday we saw a big white bird flying around thought it was a snowy owl then come to realize it was a white Hawk it paired up with a Nother Redtail hawk beautiful bird flying through the sky! It had red tail feathers with a solid white body and wings

  75. February 25, 2016 at 12:51

    Me and a friend of mine were fishing at Lake Breshear just outside of Dawson Springs, Ky. when we spotted a pair of red tailed hawks and one of those were totally white. This one had no dark splotches on it. I contacted my local wildlife biologist and he explained to me that he had seen one before, but not totally white. Our sighting was February 20th, 2016 about 1:00 pm.

  76. February 21, 2016 at 06:55

    I was just fly fishing at the bottom of Island Ford on Feb-21st-2016. Decided to hike through Island Ford and get a better spot since I was not catching anything. As I was walking through I noticed a White Owl at 4:06pm. However when I got closer I discovered it was not an owl but some kind for bird of prey. Coming off the island I ran into another fly-fisherman and told him what I saw. He send me this web site via text and I couldn't leave without leaving a post. This is the next best thing to BIG-FOOT! Because I know I did in-fact see the same one that was released and it hasn't gotten a name. This Hawk's Name is now Harold. I did not catch any trout, however I did meet Harold unexpectedly on island ford. (Captured via I-phone5 Video) Matthew Jones

  77. February 15, 2016 at 09:52

    They are my friends, sounds wried, but they call me and when I call them, they comes.

  78. February 14, 2016 at 09:08

    I believe I saw a white hawk. At first I thought it was a snowy owl. There was also another regular hawk near it. It was spotted about 5 pm on Feb 14, 2016.

  79. February 14, 2016 at 07:03

    Saw a leucistic feb,14 2016 Large,spectacular! Will try to bring camera with zoom lense soon. If lucky, I will try to add the pics to this site!

  80. Ed
    February 14, 2016 at 05:00

    I spotted the first one I had ever seen this morning off of Taunton St. in Bellingham. At first glance I thought it was a small Snowy Owl. I was able to get a few quick pictures before it flew off but am hoping to get some better quality ones now that I know it's around.

  81. February 11, 2016 at 03:17

    Driving on 295 south in Marlton, NJ at aprox 12:50 pm on 2/11/16, my sister and I saw a hawk fly cross the highway. It landed on a tree on our side and as we went by we realized that it was almost white! We found your site and WOW that is what we saw! Thank you!

  82. February 07, 2016 at 12:28

    We have had one of these "white Red-tail Hawks" in the neighborhood for many years now. She has a normal colored mate and they have successfully nested. Not knowing how long these birds live makes me wonder if maybe we are on a second generation now. But it is so predictable where it will be spotted that I think it has been the same bird all along. And I don't think an offspring would nest in the same nest.

  83. February 06, 2016 at 03:02

    We've been watching a white red tailed hawk for several months now. Love watching it swoop down by the creek and hoping it sticks around. It was flying with another hawk recently so hoping they'll make a nest in the spring!

  84. February 05, 2016 at 03:35

    We saw the "White" Red Tail Hawk today flying with a Red Tail. It was amazing. We live in a river bottom close to the corn field they we hunting. We will continue to watch for the pair.

  85. Bob
    February 03, 2016 at 07:11

    I have one living on and about my property for at least three years. It was just positively I.D. by an ornithologist as a RED TAILED HAWK. I have several photos that I will post in the near future and expect to acquire several more shortly as it is feeding on a deer carcass on my property. Jan. 30, 2016

  86. Deb
    January 30, 2016 at 12:43

    So glad to see this page! I saw one last year and everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I told them about it. Well my daughter just saw one in the same area as I saw one last year. Hubby said it must be an owl but I saw this up close and as your title ain't no snowy owl! It gives me something to look for on my way to work each day.

  87. January 15, 2016 at 01:36

    Too bad you can't post photos here. I spotted one last night on my way home from work. Took the road less traveled and came upon this beauty. I stood and watched it in awe. He/she starred right back at me. It was a truly magical experience.

  88. Sue
    January 08, 2016 at 07:04

    Saw one this morning in Derry, NH. He was sitting on the power line in front of Market Basket. I looked him up as soon as I got to work. HE IS BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!

  89. January 07, 2016 at 03:54

    It took us awhile to identify this local friend, but it was confirmed it be a Leucistic Red Tailed Hawk! He is a regular visitor in our home East Longmeadow, MA. 01/07/2016

  90. December 26, 2015 at 12:39

    Spotted one near Aviston Illinois on Christmas Eve. Knew right away I was seeing something special

  91. December 22, 2015 at 12:01

    Just saw a leucitic red tail hawk on a small pc.of family nephew had told me about a large white bird he had been seeing while hunting there.finally saw it bird.

  92. Pam
    December 12, 2015 at 09:00

    There is on of these wonderful birds living on our rural area. Very rare for western Mo. I think?

  93. December 03, 2015 at 09:35

    I saw one this morning in the field behind my house flying from tree to tree. It was huge and white. I got a picture of it flying away. We live behind the Grand River and that's where it flew to.

  94. November 29, 2015 at 08:18

    i saw one this morning.,so pretty,i hope to go back this week and get a picture.

  95. November 27, 2015 at 08:39

    Saw one this afternoon enroute to Blairsville. Pure white, in the grass, then flew into tree. When I crossed the road to photograph, hawk flew with uncommon grace into the woods.

  96. November 15, 2015 at 07:50

    I saw a solid white hawk on my mail route...I stopped and watched it soar above me on a lonely dirt road ....breath taking!

  97. October 05, 2015 at 06:29

    One was spotted in North Routt County about a week ago and made the Steamboat Pilot newspaper. The Hawk must be making his way South because we were lucky enough to see the raptor on October 2nd and 3rd in South Routt County. Beautiful!

  98. September 25, 2015 at 10:50

    Saw a solid white colored hawk fly and land on a corner of a building near where I work. It was magnificent.

  99. September 14, 2015 at 04:55

    One of these Leucistic Red Tails just took one of my rare breed chickens about an hour ago. My daughters and I got up to literally three-feet away from the hawk on the ground with my bird in its talons. The three of us women charging at the hawk, cussing and yelling; I know we shocked the big bird. We four (the hawk included) stood there for a few stunned moments. It stood still until we were close enough we could have tackled it (of course we didn't and would never). Once I determined the chicken was dead, I told my girls to leave the hawk alone, but she/he was already in flight with my baby in its clutches before I could get the words out. We tracked the hawk to a tree that my daughter believes it nests in. My kid has good instinct. Too bad my bird didn't have as good of reflexes or defenses. I told my daughters that at least the hawk will eat well tonight and that that is farming. They already understood from previous losses. That's farming. We have, however, decided to relinquish the honor of feeding expensive birds to the ever beautiful Leucistic Red Tailed Hawk. It will have to find its own meal ticket from now on. Beautiful hawk though. Big, beautiful.

  100. August 26, 2015 at 05:27

    We have one that seems to be setting up household at Perrot State Park, where I am the Naturalist.

  101. August 10, 2015 at 01:26

    A neighbor of ours has been telling me he has seen 2 white birds that look like hawks in trees behind his house. This weekend my husband saw 3 large birds flying over our pond. One was a normal colored red-tailed hawk and the other 2 were white.

  102. June 23, 2015 at 12:25

    I spend most evening sitting on my patio watching all birds. I have a great view of some very large trees in neighboring yards. Several nights ago I heard screeching and then noticed a hawk flying into one of the tall trees in my neighbors yard. It then came out and circled through my yard closeup. Unfortunately I did not have my camera but it did happen so fast I am not sure I would have been able to capture it. Tonight, June 22nd was a spectacular viewing. There are 2 birds.. that flew out from the tall trees so I presume there is a nest. They both scanned the yards high up. To my surprise I did capture a blurry picture after dark as they soared above and screeching. The are pure white under body. Definitely pure white as I did see the one at dusk and i definitely is pure white. As were the 2 tonight. It was a fascinating display tonight and I cant wait for tomorrow. I am no birding expert but will continue to monitor them on my patio starting at 7:30 - 9:30 pm and hope to get some pictures. I live in Sun City Roseville in Northern California

  103. Joy
    June 14, 2015 at 05:28

    Had several hawks in the yard today hanging around my feeders. Was really surprised to see a leucistic Red-Tail. I followed him and his buddies around the property for about 15 minutes. Just amazing to see them flying through the woods.

  104. June 09, 2015 at 01:33

    Saw one at a farm 5 miles west of Guthrie, Oklahoma on 6 June 2015.

  105. June 04, 2015 at 03:14

    Breathtaking! Saw one today with its mate on a power line in Woodbury, Minnesota. Probably a once in a life time event. So thankful for the beauty in nature.

  106. May 30, 2015 at 03:10

    One of these swooped into our back yard and made off a female blackbird. It was magnificent. The males gave chase, but no luck.

  107. May 25, 2015 at 07:46

    So excited to see this beautiful white red tail this evening. He was being harassed by several small birds. Very white along US129 in Union co GA.

  108. May 09, 2015 at 05:57

    May 9th about 600 PM Kerry Lane - saw one swoop into yard - thought it was a seagull at first, except seagulls don't do that. As it flew out toward the southeast, it flew like a hawk. Bet it is the same one seen earlier on May 4 in Eden Prairie.

  109. May 04, 2015 at 01:23

    I just spotted one in Eden Prairie Minnesota. A neat sight for sure!

  110. April 28, 2015 at 12:00

    I have been in my turkey blind and have seen a hawk. It is all white except for black around the wings. Same size as a Red Tail I have never seen one before and I am outside a lot.

  111. April 26, 2015 at 06:12

    We just saw this bird flying over our fields-amazing sight!

  112. April 26, 2015 at 12:46

    One landed on the roof of our house today. Was there for at least an hour

  113. April 11, 2015 at 03:39

    Saw this bird today! Thought it was an albino hawk till I did some research. What a cool bird!

  114. March 31, 2015 at 01:36

    Michele Thies, can I ask you where you saw this Hawk? I think that I may have seen it today also. I live in Otsego, MN. Please email me at Thank you!

  115. March 29, 2015 at 09:59

    We saw one today! Thought it was a snowy owl at first but when it took flight it clearly wasn't. Beautiful!

  116. March 27, 2015 at 02:21

    Returning from a hike near Goose Pond State Park my daughter and I spotted a white Red Tail perched in a tree some distance away. The bird created quite a commotion stopping cars as it was quite showy and spectacular. March 27,2015.

  117. March 24, 2015 at 11:57

    I just searched on "albino red tail hawk" and was happy to find this blog...I was just graced by the presence of a "leucistic" red-tail hawk in my back yard - beautiful! (thanks for the info & education, National Park Service!)

  118. March 19, 2015 at 11:37

    Just saw one of these perched in pine tree. Flew off,banked right trying to catch thermal,perched again in really tall pine.Couldn't get a photo.Awesome to see.

  119. March 15, 2015 at 10:19

    I've seen one several times near the Pittsburgh,Pa airport. Also my wife has seen one south of Marrietta, Oh along I-77.

  120. February 18, 2015 at 06:00

    We have had one of these perching in oak trees in our back yard this week and also first thought white owl.

  121. February 17, 2015 at 03:30

    Spotted this hawk from the rear in Valley Forge National Park (Oakwood Lane/Valley Creek area). Like Elissa, my first thought was Snowy, but it was clearly not an owl. I was stumped by the white back and wings on a buteo. Thanks for great I.D. details.

  122. January 20, 2015 at 02:22

    Thank you for clearing-up my mystery bird! She has been seen on the property since early fall. Today I got a glimpse of her red tail and of the tail of the animal she was carrying...a raccoon!

  123. January 19, 2015 at 05:09

    We saw one yesterday. My daughter spotted it. We figured out what it was, because she noticed it had a little red on it's tail. It had black edges on it's wings but otherwise all white, Gorgeous

  124. January 04, 2015 at 06:26

    Saw one in Marion OH on Jan 2, 2015!!!

  125. October 14, 2014 at 09:30

    I have seen one of these hawks 2 days in a row now in the same area. I can't get close enough for a good picture but I have one that is pretty blurry. He screams the hawk scream and looks like a hawk but it pretty much all white from what I have seen at a distance.

  126. December 13, 2013 at 06:56

    Wow, I guess we saw this bird on Nov 23 and again on Dec 1 off I-77 near Marietta, Ohio. Thought we were looking at a snowy owl. How beautiful to see this!

  127. November 19, 2013 at 11:25

    Beautiful, amazing bird, i see one on my way to work and it took, myself and many photos to my vet to figure it out.

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