Sunday, September 6, 2015

Consolation Raptors

Though we did not see our anticipated kettles of kites on this trip, we did see a few raptor odds and ends.

At the Hawkwatch platform, we saw a distant Peregrine Falcon pointed out to us by the staff. We also saw a Broad-winged Hawk make a close approach though I did not get the camera quickly enough. We were told it was part of a resident pair.

Broad-wing Hawk at the platform
At the parking lot of Pollywog Pond, we saw a Swainson's Hawk soaring high overhead. This is another new species for us.

Swainson's Hawk
Over the NW pond itself, we saw a pair of juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks fly low and pass just over our heads.

Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

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