10325Harlan's Hawk, light morph, in Far North Bicentennial Park in Anchorage
- Aug 20, 2014
Walking our leashed dogs, binoculars around our necks and poop bags in hand, we heard then spotted a large, white, bird of prey in a tree next to Basher Lake this morning. Having seen an Osprey a couple of weeks ago, we convinced ourselves in was an Osprey. But the call wasn't right. There was a Merlin sitting in another tree nearby.
After checking the bird books at home and consulting Cornell's All About Bird's website, we are convinced it was a light morph Harlan's Hawk. We were hearing the unmistakable call of a Red Tailed Hawk! Migrating through, I suppose.
Moral of the story: you just never know what might turn up. It's all about birding all the time. Ya gotta love it.