Today around noon while driving south on Rt 7 we saw a very odd looking
raptor. It was large and _very_ white. At highway speeds I couldn't get
a good enough look and racked my head for anything this white and large.
Snowy maybe? Up in a tree on the side of the road?
Gyr? Possible, but I would first call it a really well fed snow bunting
before admitting to seeing a Gyr without an Audubon president in tow.
We stopped to take a better look. From the back it was mostly white,
mottled with some brown. Very bulky. After a few moments it flew off
away from me. I don't have a strong impression of the wings other than
more white, but that's because I locked in on the tail which was
primarily reddish. From the shape, behavior, and limited field marks
I'm certainly an adult red tailed hawk. I assume it was partially
albino, but without a better look I couldn't rule out a Krider's.
If you are in the area it's worth looking around.
I foolishly didn't write down the cross road but I'm pretty sure that it
was Cook Rd, in East Dorset. (it's the only road that I see on the map
that is very short, dog-legs right and just north of Manchester)