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Luann Stubbs

need help with large PA bird ID

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Around 5:00 tonight in central PA, walking our dogs by our small stream in heavy wooded area, I startled a large (large hawk or eagle-sized) bird that flew away from me. I only got a quick glimpse, but remember seeing mostly black body and wings, except for a large strip of white across the neck and wings. My first thought was it was one of the bald eagles in our area, but the white strip doesn't fit. The only picture I could find online that seemed to fit was a secretary bird (can't be - they're from Africa). Any ideas?

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Were you looking from below?  Turkey Vultures in flight have lighter feathers on the underside of the wings (not really white, still dark, kind of silvery). 

Or Red tail hawks can have white chests. 

Welcome to the forum.  I hope you can figure this out; good luck.

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Welcome to Whatbird!

Another possibility could be a Great Blue Heron. I've never seen a Secretarybird, but looking at photos online, the wing pattern is somewhat similar.

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I think GreenJay94 is on to something... a Great Blue Heron is a likely possibility from that description, and the "small stream in heavy wooded area" would be a place where you could likely flush one from.

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Yes, my first thought when I saw the large wing size was a great blue heron, because we do have at least one heron in the area. But the white strip wasn't anything I recognized. My view point was from behind the bird as it took off from a tree branch flying upward. Maybe it was some weird trick of the light or my old vision?

Thanks for the responses and the welcome.

 

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