Frank Gallo, associate director of our Coastal Center at Milford Point and among the top birders in the state, came across an unusual-looking hawk while he was surveying for the Oxford Christmas Bird Count several years ago. Its features and behavior appeared to be a perfect mix of a Red-tailed Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk. Intrigued, he took notes and a few photographs and later that day shared his observations with some of the country’s leading raptor experts. All agreed that the bird in question seems to fit the bill for a hybrid Red-tailed X Red-shouldered Hawk a unique anomaly and something that rarely happens in nature. In spite of the odds, the hawk seems to be in perfectly good health.
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