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18136White Rough-legged Hawk near Wilsall

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  • Tom Forwood Jr
    Feb 16, 2014
      Hi MOB,
      Not a light phase but an actual white Rough-legged Hawk was seen by
      Shannon Knodel and myself near Wilsall yesterday. My first hope was
      Snowy Owl or Gyrfalcon, but as we got closer it was obviously a buteo.
      It had the darker eye line and grayish wrist-patches in flight which
      sealed the ID for me, photos in Tom's Bird Photos. I am just unsure if
      it is a weird light phase, or a leucistic bird.

      good birding all, Tom

      Tom Forwood
      Park Ranger
      Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
      P.O. Box 489
      Whitehall, MT 59759