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  Another Swainson's Hawk at the Hawkwatch!

Published: April 15, 2020
Tags: Rarities, swainson's hawk

Just a couple of days after being given the green light to drive and walk without any assistance, I had the duty of being the official counter at the Hamburg Hawkwatch. 

It was a very windy and chilly day and I didn't expect to see much.  I kept hoping my first of the year (FOY) Broad-winged Hawk would make an appearance.  No luck on that guy - BUT miraculously, a young Swainson's Hawk flew over - one year and one week after the first one that was ever recorded in Erie County!  I'm so glad I had my camera ready this time.

Swainson's Hawks are western birds; Iowa being at their eastern-most range.  They migrate from North American down to Argentina each year, funneling through western Texas and Central America in flocks of hundreds to even thousands.  I read they have one of the longest migrations of any American raptor.  Why one showed up two years in a row in Western New York is yet another mystery!

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Immature Swainson's Hawk

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Swainson's Hawk

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