Raptors, Meadowlarks, and a Partial Albino Crow!

Alex LamoreauxBirding, Photography2 Comments

This afternoon I once again went out and drove around some farm roads in Hershey, PA to take photos of raptors and figure out some of their territories. I was able to find 7 different Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Northern Harrier, and 4 different American Kestrels as well as many Turkey Vultures and some Black Vultures. There were two areas that had a pair of Red-tails and the other 3 Red-tails I saw were alone. Kestrels were spread out but I did find 2 males and 2 females. The harrier was a juvenile. Another cool bird I found were 8 meadowlarks foraging together in a field, 2 of which were for sure Eastern Meadowlarks, but I didnt get a good enough look at the other 6 to rule out Western Meadowlark – a species that I am sure overwinters in PA but is overlooked. I also spotted Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near the Milton Hershey School’s Environmental Center. When I got back to my house, I spotted an American Crow sitting in the field behind my house and when it took off I noticed it had an albino primary feather! Below are some photos I took today:

American Kestrel (female)

American Kestrel (female)

Red-tailed Hawk (adult)

Red-tailed Hawk (adult)

American Crow with albino primary feather