Sunday, December 19, 2010

Broad-winged Hawk

As I write this blog, another five inches of snow has fallen on the 14 inches already on the ground.  Surely this Broad-winged Hawk has completed its southward migration back to Mexico, Central or South America. (Erika and I observed Broad-winged Hawks on the edge of a coffee plantation along the eastern Andes in Peru.) A few young also winter in south Florida.  This photo is left over from last spring, when Gene B. and I encountered this rather tame Broad-winged Hawk just south of Northfield.

Broad-winged Hawks are common across their breeding range in deciduous forests in the eastern United States and across southern Canada to the Rocky Mountains.  They migrate, often in huge flocks called kettles.  Breeding birds usually hunt from within the forest canopy, where they take a variety of insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds (Goodrich,  Crocoll and Senner. 1996).  To have an individual cooperate by perching out in the open is uncommon. 

1 comment:

  1. That's a gorgeous shot of the underside of the hawk.