Monday, January 13, 2020

Hawks: Part I

Going alphabetically on the Hawks we start with two rarer ones to Southern Arizona, the Broad-winged Hawk and the Black Hawk.

First, the Broad-winged Hawk. An uncommon hawk in the Eastern United States.   It summers in the US and winters in South America. Like the Black Hawk, they gather together for mass entry and exit as they move along the migration routes.  It is rare to the Western United States. This one was photographed in April above Tanqque Verde Wash in Northeast Tucson.

Broad-winged Hawk

The Common Black Hawk is rarer to the United States in general. (i.e. not common at all). Estimates are about 250 nesting pairs in the US nearly all in Arizona. It arrives in Mass along the Santa Cruz River during March each year. The Tubac Hawk watch has become an annual event where birders come for a look. Birding organizations collect data on the migration.

The Black Hawk is always found near tree-lined water as its primarily diet is fish, frogs, and crayfish. It will also take lizards, small birds, and snakes.

Black Hawk

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