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Salmon
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any native white hawk/falcon in LA?


We have 2 on our lease that I have seen on multiple occasions. I have never seen another almost all white Bird of Prey in LA. Mostly white, with black on it's wings and head.

Anyone help me out on an ID?







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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: any native white hawk/falcon in LA?


Kite?





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Salmon
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could be the white tailed kite, but according to the internet, they should not be this far north...







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brass2mouth
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Pet or somebody let them loose maybe?





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The Last Coco
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Mississippi Kite

Definitely in it's natural range: LINK






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AlxTgr
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How about shape? There are light morphs of Redtails that can appear white. Anything close to this? Pretty sure these were taken near the Spanish Lake lowlands up I49.



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Salmon
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looks like too much black/gray though...





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TheDrunkenTigah
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could be the white tailed kite, but according to the internet, they should not be this far north...


My interwebs says they're known to be in southern texas and eastern mexico, but range all over and have been seen in new england. Not a stretch to see them in LA.






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AlxTgr
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Mississippi Kite
Wrong time of year, unless he's been seeing them in summer,






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Salmon
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unless he's been seeing them in summer,



I've seen them during the summer, winter, and now spring...






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AlxTgr
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Is it kite-like or buteo-like?


Oh, and our Ms. Kites have not arrived yet. I don't think they usually get here until May.



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Welcome back bro





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Salmon
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Is it kite-like or buteo-like?


I'd say it is more kite-like






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AlxTgr
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Thank you.





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AlxTgr
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I'd say it is more kite-like
Head scratcher then. Take pics.






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Salmon
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I'll try to get some pics this weekend if I see them again





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wickowick
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On a related note, I saw a pair of swallow tail kites around the house last week. I tried to get photos, but they were cruising, close and then at a distance in a blink of the eye...





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Child of the Missip
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I have Redtail Hawks, Kites and one huge Falcon that hunts in my Apt Lake. The falcon is ridiculously big and snatches three pound bass out the water.





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AlxTgr
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The falcon is ridiculously big and snatches three pound bass out the water.
That's going to be an Osprey.






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