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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Broad-winged Hawk visiting Canon City

Broad-winged Hawks tend to be eastern hawks but they do come into Colorado as uncommon vagrants. Today one was perching the bluff canopy on the Canon City Riverwalk and it was seen by another local birder, Rich, who showed it to me.

Since the hawk was several hundred feet away, this photo isn't great. And, of course, the hawk laid it's wing tips over its' tail so the diagnostic tail bands are not visible and perched with its' back to us so reddish chest was only barely visible. Wouldn't you know. It does show the dark back without the scapular lightness that is indicative of Red-tailed Hawks.

I could see the tail bands when the bird flew, and it gave a good show by flying directly over us.

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