White Wing: the Grandam of them all…


Of all the hawks currently registered in Baywing Database, White Wing probably has the most descendants. As of October 2018, 1,068 of White Wing’s descendants are registered in Baywing Database, accounting for 49.5% of the 2,158 registered hawks. These include 153 offspring, 400 grand-children, 169 great-grandchildren, and 284 great-great-grandchildren and 62 great-great-great grandchildren. A passage bird of Texas origin, White Wing was Tom Coulson’s best Harris’s Hawk in the 1980s. She and another female provided Tom with one of his best falconry days of that era, when these two hawks caught 14 swamp rabbits and a rail. White Wing was also an accomplished duck hawk, taking Wood Duck, Gadwall and Blue-winged Teal. The white wing feather was the result of an injury from a tangle with a feral cat. She was the first hawk that Tom and Jennifer chose to begin their selective breeding project. She had two mates in her long life: from 1986 through 1989 she was paired with MalcolmME, and from 1990 through 2002 she was paired with Niel’s Male. Her famous offspring include:

Alpha, flown by Toby Bradshaw

Chainsaw, flown by Jerry Fraulini

CharlieDL, flown by Dale Liner

Checkpoint Charlie, flown by Matt Mullenix

Holly, flown by Buddy Valentine

Lola, flown by Jennifer Coulson

Sonora, flown by Arthur Lacey

The Mechanic, flown by Roy Firmin

WD-40, flown by Dan Pike

Zeke, flown by Dale Liner